Dr. Christopher S. Besser received his PhD in Health Services Research, Management, and Policy at the University of Florida in December 2014. He retired from the US Army in 2022, after 22 years of service as a Medical Service Corps Officer. He has had the honor to serve in many executive leadership positions within various sizes of medical treatment centers and systems. He has also had the privilege to serve as the Deputy Healthcare Administration Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, United States Army Medical Command. He has been recognized by the Army Surgeon General for his expertise within his health administration field. Dr. Besser teaches or has taught several classes across the Health Administration and Business Administration fields at various levels and universities. Such classes include Health Policy, Health Policy and Politics, Economic Aspects of Healthcare Administration, Micro Economic Theory, Managerial Economics, Investments, Issues in International Health, Quantitative Methods II, Select topics in Advanced Research Methods, and Economics of Health Policy. He has publications and presentations on various aspects of access and utilization.
In addition to a PhD, Dr. Besser holds a Master of Science from the University of Florida, a Masters of Health Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University, and a BA in History from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a Fellow and Board Certified Healthcare Executive (FACHE) (American College of Healthcare Executives, serves a senior Health Care Executive within the Medical Service Corps of the United States Army Medical Department, and had served in many capacities and was a Credentialed Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA) and was the honored recipient for their YC Parris Federal Healthcare Executive Award in 2015.
Dr. Besser is married to his beautiful wife April, for over 24 years, and has four children; three boys (24, 19, and 16) and one daughter (age 9). They all currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, and are looking forward to continuing their service as part of their community's healthcare system.