George Peach Taylor, Jr., M.D., MPH, is the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Dr. Taylor also serves as the Principal Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity. In these two roles, Dr. Taylor assists in the development of strategies and priorities to achieve the health mission of the Military Health System, and participates fully in formulating, developing, overseeing and advocating the policies of the Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Taylor also acts as a liaison for the ASD(HA)/Director of TMA, other offices within OSD, the Military Departments, Congress, and other Executive Branch agencies to develop, coordinate and integrate health care policies with departmental priorities and initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Taylor oversees Congressional and legislative activities for the OASD(HA), as well as guides the office’s public affairs and communications programs. The Office of Health Affairs is responsible for providing a cost effective, quality health benefit to 9.6 million active duty uniformed Service Members, retirees, survivors and their families. The MHS has a $50 billion annual budget and consists of a worldwide network of 59 military hospitals, 360 health clinics, private-sector health business partners, and the Uniformed Services University.
Dr. Taylor also currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness. In that capacity, he directs Department-wide efforts to develop and implement policies and programs relating to DoD deployment medicine, force health protection, national disaster support, international health agreements and missions, and medical readiness for 2.3 million Service members.
Dr. Taylor is a physician with board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He graduated from Rice University in 1975 with degrees in physics and Russian language. In 1978, he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and interned in Greenville, S. C. In 1984, Dr. Taylor earned a masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a residency in aerospace medicine in 1985 at Brooks Air Force Base. He entered active duty as an Air Force flight surgeon in 1979 and rose through the ranks to become the 18th Surgeon General of the Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in October 2006.
After retiring, Dr. Taylor served as a Managing Director of Federal Government Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and later as Vice President in Northrop Grumman Information Systems. He was responsible for large-scale transformation projects, innovative electronic business solutions, independent program management oversight, mission-critical enterprise-wide health applications, interoperable architecture, and large-scale information technology systems integration.
His years of service and leadership in military medicine and contractor services give him a unique understanding of the challenges facing Service members and their families before, during, and after deployment. His broad technical background and experience bring broad, creative, and dynamic leadership to the Department.