Rear Admiral Michale D. Weahkee
Published October 26, 2019
WASHINGTON — The White House has announced President Donald Trump will nominate Michael D. Weahkee, an enrolled citizen of the Zuni Indian Tribe, to the post of Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives in 37 states in Indian Country.
Nominated by the president of the United States, the director of the IHS is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The agency has not had a permanent director since 2015. In October 2017, President Trump nominted Robert Weaver (Quapaw) to lead the agency, but was asked by the White House to withdraw his name for consideration after the Wall Street Journal wrote an article questioning the strength of Weaver’s resume.
Rear Admiral Weahkee has served as Principal Deputy Director and Acting Director of IHS during the interim and also as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Services at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Previously, he served as the chief executive officer at the Phoenix Medical Center.
Rear Admiral Weahkee received his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Masters of Health Services Administration and Business Administration from Arizona State University.