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9:10 - 9:22 amFriday, September 16
Plenary Hall
Standing main stage talk
Plenary Hall
Standing main stage talk
Chief Quality Officer at National Capital Region Medical Directorate
Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate, Defense Health Agency
Disparities, Adversities, and Hope. What can health care learn from stories about beating the odds, surviving adversity, and resilience after failure? How might we use these lessons to address the prominent... Read more


Disparities, Adversities, and Hope. 

What can health care learn from stories about beating the odds, surviving adversity, and resilience after failure? How might we use these lessons to address the prominent challenges in health care, such as minimizing health disparities? This core theme will explore some of the challenges in health care, and discuss how we can best maintain hope when faced with a difficult situation.

Commissioned in 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Downing Lu is the Chief Quality Officer for the National Capital Region where she works to ensure a reliably safe, high quality and therapeutic care experience for each of the NCR’s nearly 250,000 patients. 

Previously she was the Chief of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) where she oversaw a comprehensive quality management and patient safety program. She has been a member of the WRNMMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Quality Council, and Inpatient Pediatric Safety Huddle.

Past assignments include Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at WRNMMC and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC); and Medical Director for Pediatric Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Pediatric Critical Care Air Transport Team (PCCAT) at Wilford Hall Medical Center.

Dr. Lu is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at the Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts New England Medical Center, and her critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lu is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and maintains a clinical practice as a staff pediatric intensivist at WRNMMC.  She has published a number of publications on pediatric critical care and quality. 

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Rear Adm. David Lane enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and has remained on continuous active duty ever since—serving as a hospital corpsman, a naval flight officer flying EA-6B Prowlers, a family physician and a medical leader. Lane has received education and professional training at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1981), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (Class of 1991), Yale University School of Medicine, the U.S. Naval War College and the National Defense University, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

During his 30 years in Navy Medicine, Lane has served on the clinical staffs at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington; Naval Health Clinic Groton, Connecticut; Naval Medical Center San Diego; the National Naval Medical Center; U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain; Naval Health Clinic Newport, Rhode Island; U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; and Tripler Army Medical Center, and Camp Lejeune. He also served as aide to the surgeon general of the Navy.

Operationally, Lane spent much of 2004-2012 serving as a command surgeon with the Marines in the Pacific Area of Operations, including group surgeon with 3D Marine Logistics Group, Force Surgeon with III Marine Expeditionary Force and Force Surgeon with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. He deployed multiple times with Okinawa-based Marines as the senior medical leader for disaster relief missions, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, an earthquake in Pakistan, an earthquake in central Indonesia, cyclones and mudslides in the Philippines and floods in Bangladesh. His tours in Okinawa were followed by consecutive assignments in Honolulu, first as deputy commander for Clinical Services at Tripler Army Medical Center (2008-2010), then as force surgeon, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (2010-2012). As force surgeon, he was instrumental in concept development and initial implementation of the Marine Centered Medical Home and he oversaw health services for the Marine Corps during Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. government’s disaster relief effort in Japan following a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown.

During out-service training as a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at Yale University School of Medicine (1994-1996), Dr. Lane was awarded the Henry Christian Award for excellence in clinical research by the American Federation of Medical Research and he received teaching honors from the Middlesex Community Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut. Additionally, he is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the U.S. Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit and a Fleet Marine Force qualified officer.

Lane became the director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate in May 2016 after briefly serving as director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He previously served as the medical officer of the Marine Corps (TMO) at Marine Corps Headquarters from September 2014 until January 2016, and as the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from June 2012 through August 2014.

Lane’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and both the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He was promoted to flag rank August, 1 2014.

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