VADM Mike Cowan, MC, USN (Ret.), Executive Director

Dr. Cowan began his Navy career as a General Medical Officer at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1971, and was promoted to flag rank while serving as Commanding Officer at the same hospital 25 years later. Throughout his Naval career, Dr. Cowan held numerous leadership positions, most notably as Deputy Executive Director of TRICARE (2000-01); Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) (1999-2000); and Joint Staff Surgeon (1997-99). He was a leading force for numerous initiatives to include the creation of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Defense Policies for “Force Health Protection,” and development of information systems. During Operation Restore Hope in Somalia (1992-93) he served as the Task Force Surgeon. On 10 August 2001, VADM Cowan became the 34th Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He retired from the Navy in 2004 after serving 33 years. Following retirement he was the Senior Vice President for Healthcare Solutions at Oracle, Inc., (2004-05). Dr. Cowan joined Deloitte Consulting LLP in June 2009 upon their acquisition of BearingPoint’s Federal Practice.

Dr. Cowan earned his M.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, and completed residency training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Distinguished Professor of Military Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He attended the National War College as a Senior Research Fellow, and is a Certified Executive of the American College of Physician Executives. In addition to multiple military awards, the American Medical Association recognized him as the Outstanding Federal Health Executive of the Year in 1999.


CDR John Class, MSC, USN (Ret.), Deputy Executive Director

John Class is a native of Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Administration and Master of Arts Degree in Health Services Management and Business Administration.  John is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He entered the Navy in 1982.  His assignments included various Medical Administrative positions at Naval Medical Centers, Naval Hospitals and Clinics. Additional assignments included the Naval Hospital Corps School and Naval Dental Center, Great Lakes Illinois, USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), and the Naval Medical Research Institute.  John also served as Executive Assistant in the Healthcare Operations Division at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

After retiring in 2002, John worked as a Senior Healthcare Analyst at the TRICARE Management Activity supporting TRICARE overseas and various other healthcare programs. In November 2004 he began his healthcare lobbyist career at the Military Officers Association as the Deputy Director, Government Relations for Health Affairs where he followed health care reform legislation and its potential impact on military beneficiaries. He Co-Chaired the Military Coalition Healthcare Committee and was instrumental in drafting and presenting congressional testimony. John moved in to the private sector and worked as Vice President, Communications and Government Relations for Aetna Government Health Plans. John joined the AMSUS staff in 2010.