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Dr. Halliday named chief of staff for U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Halliday named chief of staff for U.S. Surgeon General
Dr. Christopher G. Halliday

Washington—Dr. Christopher G. Halliday, director of the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health and former chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, assumes new management responsibilities in mid-November for U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D.

“I am excited to serve as the chief of staff for the Office of the Surgeon General,” said Dr. Halliday. “It’s an honor and privilege to assist the Nation’s Doctor as well as the officers serving in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service.” He is an assistant surgeon general and holds the rank of rear admiral in the uniformed Commissioned Corps.

The chief of staff is responsible for day-to-day direction and management of the Office of the Surgeon General. In announcing the appointment, SG Benjamin said Dr. Halliday and other new members of her “immediate office leadership team … will play a vital role implementing our new structure and our new focus on our mission.”

In his new post, Dr. Halliday will plan, implement and evaluate management operations of the office to ensure that program objectives are met. These operations include science and communications, readiness and deployment and the administration of 6,000 active-duty commissioned officers, 2,500-plus inactive reservists and more than 40,000 members of the Medical Reserve Corps, said a spokesman for the surgeon general. The SG chief of staff is a full-time position, and Dr. Halliday will not continue as director of the Division of Oral Health where he advised the Indian Health Service director on all matters concerning the oral health status of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

As chief professional officer of the dental category of the USPHS four years through May 2010, Dr. Halliday was responsible for leadership and coordination of PHS dental professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General.

Dr. Halliday has received a hazardous duty award, an isolated hardship award, several unit citations, achievement, commendation and outstanding service medals and the surgeon general’s exemplary service medal.