Dr. Bowman named SEARHC CHCS medical director

February 22 2012

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has promoted Dr. J. Russell “Russ” Bowman, DO, MHA, MS, CPE, to the position of medical director for SEARHC Community Health Care Services (CHCS).

“SEARHC is very privileged and honored to have Russ accept the position of the Community Health Care Services medical director,” SEARHC Chief Operating Officer Susan Labus said. “As the previous CHCS assistant medical director and the SEARHC Haines Health Center medical director, he has made significant contributions to SEARHC; his experience and clinical/administrative skills will prove to make him a great asset in the medical director position of CHCS. We look forward to working with him to continually improve our patient services, access and satisfaction. Please join me in welcoming Russ as our new CHCS medical director.”

Dr. Bowman most recently has been serving as deputy medical director for Community Health Care Services. He replaces longtime medical director Dr. David Vastola, MD, who recently returned to S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as a practicing pediatrician. Dr. Bowman, who holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, joined the SEARHC staff in June 2007 when he became the clinical medical director for the Haines Health Center following his transfer from the U.S. Coast Guard to the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Before joining SEARHC, Dr. Bowman spent six years as director of the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka medical clinic. Dr. Bowman also has extensive experience working in emergency medicine, having served as a flight surgeon for 18 years combined with both the U.S. Army National Guard in West Virginia (1989-96, active duty and reserves) and with the U.S. Coast Guard in Virginia and Alaska (1993-2007).

“I bring a unique perspective to the job, having been in Haines for four years,” Dr. Bowman said. “I know first hand the challenges that staff and patients face on a daily basis in obtaining health care in remote communities. I will be able to put that knowledge to work in helping staff and patients navigate and increasingly complex system.”

Dr. Bowman earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo. In August 2007, he earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) and in December 2008 he received his Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential. Dr. Bowman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and a Master of Science degree from the Marshall University Department of Family and Community Health in Huntington, W.V. He completed a residency in family medicine at Marshall University and a fellowship in emergency medicine at the Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University (Charleston, W.V.). Dr. Bowman is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and in emergency medicine by the American Association of Physician Specialists. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.