Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., FAAFP
Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.
Director, Military Health Institute
Associate Vice President
Holder, USAA Patty and Joe Robles, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Military Health

Dr. Hepburn is the inaugural Director of the Military Health Institute and Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Academy, a graduate of the Uniformed Services University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a retired Air Force Major General with 38 years of service as a pilot, clinician, and medical leader.

Robert Christy, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Chair Holder, Maj. Gen. (USA Ret.) Joe and Patty Robles Endowment in Military Health Research

Dr. Robert Christy received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis, and his Doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to joining the Military Health Institute as its Deputy Director, Dr. Christy was the Chief of the Combat Wound Research (CWR) Department at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research.

Donald H. Jenkins, M.D., FACS
Col, USAF, Ret.
Associate Deputy Director
Holder, Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery

Dr Donald Jenkins is a Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Quality. He earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and MD at the Uniformed Services University. He performed his surgical residency at Wilford Hall USAF hospital in San Antonio TX, trauma fellowship, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA, and retired after nearly 25 years of active-duty service from the USAF in 2008. In 2014, Dr. Jenkins was presented with The American Legion Distinguished Service Medal at the 96th annual convention.

Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP
Lt Col, USAF, Ret.
Associate Director of Research
Holder, Aaron and Bobbie Elliott Krus Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

Dr. Peterson is a board-certified clinical health psychologist, Professor, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine. In addition to his role at the Military Health Institute, he serves as the Deputy Department of Psychiatry Chair for Military Collaborations, the Director of the STRONG STAR Consortium, and the Director of the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. Some of his publications can be found here.

Micah C. Wright, Ph.D.
Program Manager

Micah C. Wright is a Marine Corps Veteran and served with the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines in Iraq. On January 19, 2006, Micah received the Purple Heart. After leaving the Marine Corps, he received his MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from UT San Antonio. Micah has created veteran success programs at different universities.

Ruby Lewis
Assistant to the AVP

Ruby Lewis retired from the Air Force after 20 years, serving as a Health Services Manager for military health systems across the nation including the San Antonio Market. She also served with the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group in Balad Air Base, Iraq on two different occasions and as Base Security at Manas Air Base. Ruby holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and is currently enrolled to complete her Master of Arts in Administration with a concentration in Medical Health Administration.