CAPTAIN FELIX A. (DREW) BIGBY
Interim Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Captain Bigby received his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master Degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. Additionally, he has completed a Managed Care Fellowship with Health Net Federal Services. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute.
Prior to assuming his current role as Interim Director of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Captain Bigby served as the Chief of Staff of the National Capital Region Market Office. His responsibilities included oversight of 45 Military Treatment Facilities providing healthcare to nearly 432,000 eligible beneficiaries, and more than 60 Graduate Medical Education programs and five centers of excellence.
Before arriving to National Capital Region Market, Captain Bigby served as Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan. This command and its five Naval Health Branch Clinics are responsible for providing medical care and readiness for 42,000 Forward Deployed Naval Forces and their families. His most recent assignments include Chief of Staff and Director for Administration, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital which is a 130-bed, 1.3 million-square-foot community hospital that serves a regional population of 250,000 beneficiaries with over 98,000 enrollees receiving inpatient and specialty care services supported by 55 specialty clinics, and a staff of 3,600. Officer in Charge, Branch Health Clinic, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego where he was responsible for the medical and dental care of 18,000 USMC recruits annually and Director for Administration, Navy Medicine West where he oversaw all administrative requirements in support of 10 Navy Military Treatment Facilities responsible for providing healthcare to 768,000 eligible beneficiaries. He has also held the position of Director for Administration, Naval Hospital Sigonella where he was responsible for all day-to-day administrative operations of the command. During this tour, he completed an Individual Augumentee assignment as Officer in Charge, Troop Medical Clinics at Camp Arifjan and Kuwait Naval Base. In 2005, he was selected to serve as the Navy Project Officer for the Deputy Secretary of Defense chartered Military Health System Office of Transformation in which he played a vital role in the implementation of the BRAC and Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) initiatives. Before his DoD staff tour of duty, Captain Bigby served as the Associate Director for Managed Care, Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. In his capacity, he developed Command Business Plans and was responsible for command’s implementation of the next generation of TRICARE contracts which included development and negotiation of Resource Sharing Agreements. Other assignments include multiple deployments as Medical Administrative Officer and Radiation Health Officer, USS BOXER (LHD 4); Clinic Branch Head and Administrative Officer for Branch Medical Clinic, Naval Training Center, San Diego; and Administrative Officer for Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda.
Captain Bigby’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in addition to unit and service awards.