Dr. Koehlmoos serves as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. As senior program liaison for community health she serves as a senior representative of the Marine Corps on community health policy and research working groups at the interagency, Department of Defense and Department of the Navy levels. As a recognized expert, she is tasked with making recommendations on complex issues requiring knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulation, and precedent applicable to the administration of community health programs. Further, she monitors research to test new and best practices to improve the lives of Marines, their families and the communities in which they serve.
Dr. Koehlmoos is a health systems and policy scientist who specializes in leading complex tasks, program development and capacity building across the spectrum of health systems building blocks. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia for more than 20 years. Previously Dr. Koehlmoos served as the head of the Health & Family Planning Systems Programme at ICDDR,B in Dhaka Bangladesh. There, she founded the Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases, which features a unique health systems approach to the issue of non-communicable disease in resource poor settings. Additionally, she created and led the Centre for Systematic Review at ICDDR,B which focuses on health systems and policy issues in low- and middle-income countries and conducted capacity building in this methodology across South Asia.
Dr. Koehlmoos research areas of interest led to the development of health service delivery for the homeless in Dhaka; the scaling up zinc for the treatment of childhood diarrhea; and improving immunization services to children in hard-to-reach areas; as well as translation of evidence to policy with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and private sector organizations. She is an award-winning researcher and writer with more than 80 publications appearing in the Lancet, PLoS Medicine, the Cochrane Library, and Health Policy among others and a host of multi-media productions including television series and a documentary. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Case Reports and serves on the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee. She blogs for the British Medical Journal. Her consultancies include the World Food Programme, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine.
Since 2005 Dr. Koehlmoos has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Health & Human Services at George Mason University. There, she pioneered global teaching and distance learning through the development and implementation of web-based courses in the Department of Health Administration and Policy covering the US Health Services System, Comparative International Health Systems and Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Koehlmoos holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Davidson College and a Master of Health Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She completed an administrative fellowship at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
A former Army Air Defense Artillery officer who earned the Army Commendation, Army Achievement and South West Asia Service medals, Dr. Koehlmoos post-Army awards include the Family Support Group Leader Europe Award, the Army Civilian Achievement Medal, and the Honorable Order of Joan d'Arc. She is a graduate of the Joint Military Attaché School. She is the widow of Colonel Randall Koehlmoos, US Army, and mother of Robert (USMA 2016), Michael and David Koehlmoos.
- PhD, Public Health, fUniversity of South Florida
- MHA, Davidson College
- BA cum laude, Davidson College