Dr. Padget, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, most recently served as the Principal Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Washington for the Department. In this role, he served as the chief strategy officer for the Bureau, translating intent and directives from the Chief Medical Officer and other Department senior officials to tangible and constructive systems development. Dr. Padget was instrumental in translating, formulating, and implementing worldwide medical program policies to facilitate the Department’s response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, including operationalizing the new 24/7 Medical Health Alert Response Team (MedHART).

Dr. Padget completed his medical school studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then was forward deployed as a commissioned U.S. Navy flight surgeon with Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMH 465) to Okinawa, Japan, and South Korea. After serving in the Navy, Dr. Padget completed his family medicine residency at Scott and White hospital in Temple, Texas. Before joining the Foreign Service in 2006, Dr. Padget was in private practice near Austin, Texas.

As Medical Director, Dr. Padget will carry out the delegated authorities and responsibilities of the Department’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and lead the Bureau of Medical Services in supporting the Department’s global medical activities, systems, and services.

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