Keynote Speaker

Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Allen, D.D.S. 

Director of Medical Operations and Research and Chief of the Dental Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, VA

2017 GDRE Keynote Speaker_web versionAs Director of Medical Operations and Research, Gen. Allen executes health care policy in support of 44,000 personnel and 75 medical treatment facilities with a budget of more than $6.4 billion. He ensures a quality, cost-effective, prevention-based health care continuum for 2.6 million beneficiaries worldwide. He also provides strategic guidance for the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) research and acquisitions, translating the Air Force Surgeon General’s vision into initiatives and addressing and closing AFMS capability gaps. He directly oversees the programming, planning, budgeting and execution of the AFMS Medical Modernization portfolio, comprising annual budgets of $68.3 million for operations and maintenance and $44.7 million for research, development, test and evaluation funding, and 482 military and civilian positions.

As Chief of the Dental Corps, Gen. Allen provides policy and operational advice to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters involving the dental practice of 1,000 dentists and 2,500 technicians. Prior to this assignment, Gen. Allen served as the Commander, 79th Medical Wing, Joint Base Andrews, MD. He was also the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, and the Air Force Medical Component Commander, Defense Health Agency National Capital Region Medical Directorate, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, and provided the single voice for planning and implementing Air Force Medical Service activity in the National Capital Region.