Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., was appointed director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center on August 2, 2009.
Mr. Walmus, who has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1981, serves as the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s chief executive officer charged with management of one of the most complex VA medical centers in the country with more than 3,600 employees and an annual budget of approximately $760 million. In addition to caring for more than 120,000 Veterans in southeast Texas, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center also serves as a regional and national referral center for many services including cardiac surgery, liver transplant, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy and other neurological disorders, radiation therapy, and spinal cord injury care.
Prior to his appointment as director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Mr. Walmus served as director of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His more than 30 years of federal service includes VA positions in Houston, Dublin, Georgia, and New Orleans as well as a Department of Health & Human Services position in the Washington, D.C. area.
Mr. Walmus obtained a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Health Care Administration from Tulane University and one in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.
Appointed to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Council of Regents in November 2012, Mr. Walmus serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs ACHE Regent's Advisory Council and received the ACHE Regent’s Senior Executive Award in March 2011. He was a preceptor and clinical adjunct faculty member of the Health Care Administration Department at Oklahoma University and is currently a member of the graduate advisory board at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Texas A&M University, Master in Healthcare Administration Program.
Mr. Walmus was recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for his achievements in workplace diversity with the VA Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2010 and for his outstanding efforts in promoting alternative dispute resolution with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Excellence and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award in 2011. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the vice-chairman for the Houston Federal Executive Board, awarded the VA Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program Preceptor of the Year Award, recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and received the Award of Merit from the Houston Bar Association. The same year, Mr. Walmus received an honorary society membership to the West Point Society of Greater Houston and was given the title of “Honorary Colonel” with the U.S. Army’s 75th Mission Command Training Division.
In 2012, Mr. Walmus brokered a historic agreement with the Oklahoma Indian Health Service to allow its nurses to work and train alongside VA nursing staff members. The agreement also allows Clinton Indian Health Service Clinic to have direct consultations with the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center through VA’s computerized patient records system.