faculty member Major General (Ret) Gale S. Pollock (pictured), executive director of the Center for Ocular Regeneration and Vision Restoration (CORVR) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the former Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, has joined Aetna’s Military Health Care Advisory Committee. Aetna created the committee last year to help guide its business relationships with the federal government, including its bid for the Department of the Defense's TRICARE health care contracts for active duty service members, retirees, and their families. General Pollock, who also served as a Commander in the U.S. Army Medical Command, will join the committee effective with the November meeting.
"With her distinguished military service and medical expertise, General Pollock will provide valuable counsel to Aetna as we continue to find ways to connect our extensive clinical and health care technology capabilities with the unique needs of the nation's military personnel and their families," said Susan M. Peters, president of Aetna Government Health Plans. "We are extremely pleased that she has joined our advisory committee."
Aetna's Military Health Care Advisory Committee, which is comprised of former military officials, military physicians, and others familiar with the health care needs of military personnel, wounded warriors, and their families, has five additional external members:
-- Enrique Mendez, Jr., M.D., Major General, U.S. Army, Retired; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs;
-- Paul K. Carlton, Jr., M.D., FACS, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, Retired; former Surgeon General of the Air Force;
-- Lester Martinez-Lopez, M.D., Major General, U.S. Army, Retired; former Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command;
-- William J. McDaniel, M.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired; former Commander, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA.; and
-- Diane M. Rohrbough, Congressionally Recognized Advocate for Military Families and 46-Year Military Spouse.
MG (Ret) Pollock oversees the CORVR’s development as it begins to take form, integrating basic and clinical research endeavors with a strong patient focus. As its executive director, MG (Ret) Pollock utilizes a comprehensive approach within CORVR when addressing the needs of the blind, blending the latest technology with successful research and clinical innovations.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.2 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Aetna News Release (10/16/08)
Business Wire (10/16/08)
The Earth Times (10/16/08)
MG (Ret) Gale Pollock