2022 LEAPS Speakers

RADM Bruce L. Gillingham
Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Medical Corps, United States Navy

Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham is a native of San Diego. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology (with high honors) from the University of California, San Diego and a Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an inductee in the medical honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Gillingham completed a surgical internship and an orthopedic residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He also completed subspecialty training as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada in 1995. He qualified as an undersea and diving medical officer.


He has served in various positions throughout Navy Medicine to include director of Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis Surgery; Associate Orthopedic Residency Program director; and director of Surgical Services. While assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, he was instrumental in establishing the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care Center (C5).


Operationally, he served aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) as staff orthopedic surgeon and as director of surgical services. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II as battalion chief of Professional Services (Forward) for the 1st Force Service Support Group and officer in charge of the Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon, achieving a 98 percent combat casualty survival rate while providing echelon II surgical care during Operation Phantom Fury.
Gillingham also served as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Readiness & Health; commander, Navy Medicine West; commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego; deputy commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth; commanding officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida; Pacific Fleet surgeon, and Fleet surgeon and director, Health Services, U.S. Fleet Forces. While in the Pacific, he led efforts to assist the Vietnam People’s Navy in creating an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical program, and in the re-location of Navy Medical Research Unit-2 to Singapore. In 2011, he served as the Joint Support Force-Japan Surgeon in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, ensuring the safety of over 200,000U.S. citizens, service members and families.
He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopedic Association and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American College of Physician Executives, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He has published over 30scientifi c articles and book chapters.

Gillingham’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (seven awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with the Eagle Globe, and Anchor device with bronze star and the Fleet Marine Force ribbon.

RDML Timothy Weber
Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific and
Director of the Medical Service Corps

Rear Adm. Timothy Weber is a native of Holland, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He received his commission as an ensign in 1989.

Operationally, Weber completed a one-year assignment in 2010 to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/ Combined Security Transition Command as Chief, Afghan National Police (ANP) Medical Advising Team/Advisor to the ANP Surgeon General. He has also served in senior staff positions as director of manpower resources, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (OPNAV N931); legislative liaison, Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs; various healthcare resourcing roles at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and chief of staff, TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

Additionally, he has served as the director for administration, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and as executive officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. In 2015, Weber assumed command of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. Weber’s most recent assignment was at Navy Medicine West where he reported as chief of staff in 2017.

Weber assumed duties as commander, Navy Medicine West (NMW), Aug. 16, 2019. In this capacity, he directed Navy Medicine’s health care system in the Pacific providing medical care to more than 850,000 beneficiaries and he oversaw Navy Medicine’s research and development activities worldwide. On Dec. 17, 2019, Weber became commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific, as NMW was renamed to reflect the command’s new readiness-focused mission. In this role, Weber has oversight of 11 Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Commands on the West Coast and Pacific Rim that train, man, and equip medical forces, primarily in military treatment facilities, as well as Navy Medicine’s eight research labs. He currently is the 19th Director of the Medical Service Corps.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). He also has been awarded the Japanese Defense Cooperation Award (Second Class) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

RDML Rick Freedman
Director, Medical Systems Integration and Combat Survivability, N44, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations/Director of the Dental Corps

Rear Adm. Rick Freedman is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from George Washington University and a Certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry from the Naval Post graduate Dental School. He received his commission as an Ensign in1989.  

Operationally, Freedman served aboard the USS Inchon(MCS 12) as dental department head during the ship’s final deployment and subsequent decommissioning and deployed aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) in support of Operation Continuing Promise. Freedman also deployed as commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support.

His executive assignments include officer in charge Naval Branch Health Clinic Atlanta, Georgia, and officer in charge Naval Branch Health Clinic Oceana, Virginia. He served as executive officer U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, where he oversaw the facility’s historic transition to its new location aboard Camp Foster and commanded Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, laying the foundation for its eventual re-designation as a Medical Center.
Freedman’s staff assignments include assistant deputy chief, Healthcare Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Navy Medicine’s project lead for transformational activities related to the implementation of t he 2017 and 2019 National Defense Authorization Acts; and executive assistant to the Navy Surgeon General. Previous assignments include 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Recruit Training Command, Naval Dental Center Orlando, Florida; Branch Dental Clinic, Patuxent River, Maryland and Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville, Florida.
Freedman is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives. He is also recognized as a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, and a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He was one of the original representatives on the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Oral Health Advisory Board, and has served as faculty for Navy Medicine Professional Development Center’s Clinic Manager’s Course. He also served as the director an American Dental Association accredited Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program in Jacksonville, Florida.


Freedman’s decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service and unit awards.

Anthony B. Coleman, DHA President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadlawns Medical Center

Anthony B. Coleman, DHA is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadlawns Medical Center. He assumed his responsibilities on December 6, 2021.

Anthony (Tony) was born and raised in Southern California and enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving onboard warships in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. After completing two full sea tours, Tony was commissioned as a Naval Officer. While in graduate school, Tony worked in a rural South Carolina hospital where he discovered his passion for eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations.

During his tenure as a Naval Officer, Tony served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including: Department Head, Medical Administrative Officer onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) and Comptroller at Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. Some highlights of his 20-year military career include earning the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation and Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification. While in the military, Tony received a Secretary of Defense appointment to serve as a United States Senate Youth Program Military Mentor and served as Treasurer of the National Association of Health Services Executives, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the advancement and development of African American health care leaders and to elevate the quality of healthcare services rendered to minority and underserved communities.

Tony is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and holds the dual distinction of being an Executive Development Program Fellow and Executive Diversity Scholar. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow (MMF) of the German Marshall Fund, a non-profit organization designed to increase transatlantic cooperation. During his time as an MMF, Tony traveled to Belgium, England, Spain, Hungary, the World Health Organization and Germany to study the complexities of the European universal healthcare system.

Through his military, healthcare, education and transatlantic experiences, Tony realized the potential to address health inequity through local government involvement and effective legislation. This led him to earn a doctorate in Health Administration and Policy, serve on the Tax Assessment Board in Berkeley County, South Carolina and ultimately run for State Senator in South Carolina’s 44th district.

In Tony’s previous role he was Vice President of Operations Support for Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) largest and fastest growing service area. In this role, he oversaw ten departments at two medical centers totaling 636 licensed beds, 16 medical office buildings and 9 mental health facilities across a 65-mile geographic area. He proudly partnered with 1,100 Permanente physicians to provide care to over 653,000 covered lives. While there, he streamlined operations support functions, eliminating negative variances for the first time in seven years. He also led the Labor Management Partnership, an alliance designed to ensure collaboration between KP executives and labor unions. His notable accomplishments include: a 48-bed build out and expansion of Ontario Medical Center, as well as the construction of a brand new 55,000 square foot medical office building designed to address growing social health needs and inequities in the high desert area.

Kevin B. Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS)

Kevin B. Mahoney is Chief Executive Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). He assumed this role on July 1, 2019.

Beginning in 1996, Kevin’s leadership posts at Penn Medicine have included serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of UPHS, Executive Vice Dean of the Perelman School Medicine, and Senior Vice President of UPHS. He also served as Executive Director of Phoenixville Hospital, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Care Associates, and as Director of Network Development.

Kevin’s operational portfolio at Penn Medicine has included information technology, strategic planning, the primary care network, human resources and capital planning. He has led several transformative construction projects which have expanded and enhanced Penn Medicine’s clinical care, teaching and research missions, including the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center. He oversaw the implementation of a common electronic health record platform across five hospitals, numerous outpatient clinics, and home care – the only comprehensive system of its kind in the Philadelphia region.

He directed the development and construction of the new $1.6 billion hospital, The Pavilion, on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus, which houses inpatient care for the Abramson Cancer Center, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery and a new emergency department. The Pavilion is the largest capital project in Penn’s history and opened in October of 2021.

Kevin conceptualized and spearheaded the development of the Penn Medicine Co-Investment Program, which catalyzes scientific and medical innovation developed by Penn Medicine faculty. The Program is transforming healthcare by bringing novel therapies and treatments to patients more quickly and creates jobs in the region, paving the way for the next generation of treatments and cures. Since its inception, the Program has launched over 10 companies which have collectively brought over $1B in capital to Philadelphia.

Prior to joining UPHS, Kevin served as Vice President for Johnson & Higgins, where he provided leadership to the Health Group, including risk transfer and alternative risk management strategies. He also served as Vice President for Administration for nine years at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and as Director of Administrative Services for Episcopal Hospital for three years.

He is a graduate of Millersville State College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and he holds an MBA and a doctorate from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Johns Hopkins University

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University with appointments in the Carey Business School and the School of Medicine. She studies how organizations and their members cope with uncertainty and how organizations can be designed to be more reliable and resilient. She has investigated organizational safety, high reliability and resilience practices in oil exploration and production, wildland firefighting, and in healthcare. Her research has appeared widely in management and healthcare journals. The title of her most recent book is Still Not Safe: Patient Safety and the Middle Managing of American Medicine (co-authored with the late Dr. Robert Wears, Oxford University Press, 2020).

Contact Information:
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Carey Business School
100 International Drive, #1249
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: 410.234.9442
ksutcliffe@jhu.edu