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David V. Thomas

Regional Director, Operations in Behavioral Health

David Thomas, a native of New York City, began his career as a U.S. Navy veteran.
Throughout his career, David has served in a wide variety of clinical, administrative, combat operations, and executive leadership positions.

David currently works for Kaiser Permanente as the Regional Director for Operations in Behavioral Health where he oversees all clinical operations for more than 800,000 members across the Mid-Atlantic States. Most recently, he received a 3-year gubernatorial appointment to the Maryland Department of Health’s Workgroup for Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific Islander, and other Underrepresented Behavioral Health Professionals.

EXPERIENCE

As faculty for the Clinic Management Course, Thomas has traveled worldwide to teach outpatient efficiency, quality improvement, enrollment, template management, and customer service techniques. He is published in Nursing Economics and Military Medicine journals and is also lauded as a key contributor for three international publications: Role of the RN in Ambulatory Care; Scope & Standards for Ambulatory Care (4th edition); and Ambulatory Care Certification Review Questions. A content expert for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses (AAACN), David has twice been invited as a main stage podium speaker for the AAACN annual conferences, delivering talks on Reducing Preventable Readmissions and Implementing a Centralized Nurse Advice Line. He recorded curriculum for the Telephone Triage Course and has been an item writer for the American Nursing Credentialing Center and American Congress for Healthcare Executives.

EDUCATION

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Minnesota, completed his master’s in public administration/health care administration from the University of Oklahoma, and attained his executive MBA from Naval Postgraduate School. He maintains certifications in Emergency Nursing and Ambulatory Care and is a Fellow in the American Congress for Healthcare Executives.

David Thomas is married to a former Navy pediatrician. He and his wife have three children.

David V. Thomas, Regional Director Operations, Mental Health
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