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Steve Ferrara



Steve Ferrara, MD, FSIR, FACR, has a wide range of experience in scientific fields. He is a double board-certified specialist in vascular, diagnostic, and interventional procedures. He currently works for the US Department of Defense as the Deputy Director of Clinical Operations, and Chief of Clinical Optimization for the National Capital Region.

This region is the military’s largest market, including 7 major medical facilities. One of these is the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which has a budget of over $1.6 billion annually and more than half a million patients. When he’s not in his clinical practice, he is a clinical professor of Radiology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services.

Current Position:

Deputy Director of Clinical Operations/ Chief, Clinical Optimization
National Capital Region Market
Defense Health Agency
Bethesda, Maryland

Faculty Interventional Radiologist
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland

Notable Past Positions:

Chief Medical Officer/Director of Clinical Operations (M3)*
U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Falls Church, Virginia

• Direct report to Deputy Chief, M3
• Responsible for Access, Quality, and Safety across Navy Medicine
• Handpicked by Chief, BUMED (U.S. Navy Surgeon General) to lead
numerous Enterprise-wide initiatives including Navy Medicine’s
transformation to a High Reliability Organization, Navy SG representative to Presidentially-mandated MCRMC

Assistant Deputy Chief, M3/Acting M3
U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Falls Church, VA 

• Direct report to Surgeon General
• Navy Representative to Tri-Service Medical Operations Group and
multiple other Navy Medicine/Military Health System working groups
• Worked collaboratively with other M-code leaders, especially M1, M5,
and M8 to coordinate numerous complex BUMED, DHA, NCR, eMSM,
and MHS initiatives

*Awarded Legion of Merit for Superior Performance (citation available upon request)

Navy Medicine: Navy Medicine is a principal component of the Military Health System, a complex organization that provides health services to nearly 10 million beneficiaries across a range of venues. Navy Medicine’s primary mission is direct support of warfighters and contingency operations across the globe. It is also charged with delivering preventive, primary, and specialty care to active duty, dependents, and retirees at dozens of clinics and hospitals around the world.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Academy of Medicine Health
Policy Fellow
Washington, DC

Congressional Position in 113th Congress:
Staff Member
Washington, DC

Work Products: Physician payment reform (Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Replacement Policy): H.R. 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013” which passed full Committee vote 51-0, July 31, 2013 and signed into law as MACRA in 2015; “The Impact of Obamacare on Premiums” E&C Health Subcommittee Report published February, 2013; “The Impact of Obamacare on Jobs” E&C Health Subcommittee Report published March, 2013; Oversight of implementation of Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2013.

Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Jurisdiction: Public health insurance: Medicare & Medicaid; private health insurance; mental health; drug abuse; public health and quarantine; the regulation of food, drugs, and cosmetics (FDA); Department of Health and Human Services; NIH; CDC; Indian Health Service; biomedical research and development; health information technology, privacy, and cybersecurity; hospital construction; medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.

United States Navy
Rank: Captain
Retired: April 30, 2016
Honorable Discharge 


Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1987-1991. Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Graduate: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland 1991-1995. Doctor of Medicine.

Post-Graduate: Congressional Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C. 113th United States Congress, 9/2012-8/2013.

Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2003.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship, University of California, San Diego 8/2002-8/2003.

Diagnostic Radiology Residency, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, 8/1998-8/2002.

Surgical Internship, Naval Medical Center, San Diego 1995-1996.

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