U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILSON ARIZA, Medical Service Corps, U.S. ARMY, Retired
Mr. Wilson Ariza, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the National Associate Director for Simulation-Based Medical Education Training at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Ariza is responsible for providing short and long range simulation-based training solutions to be delivered to 23 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) and 150 VA Medical Centers
On January 2014, after 25 years of Military Service, LTC Ariza retired as the U.S. Army Medical Simulation Program Manager, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) which has a program acquisition cost of $900million. Wilson was responsible for providing the U.S. Army integrated medical simulation capabilities to support the full Continuum of Medical Care throughout the world, (PMO built 30 Medical Simulations Centers with a throughput of 150,000 students annually). In 2012, the Defense Health Board studies documented a marked increase in lives saved in the battlefield, (over 1000 lives), due to the Medical Simulation training provided by the MEDSIM program.
Prior to joining PEO STRI, LTC Ariza was Chief of Readiness Branch, Office of The Surgeon General, Chief Information Office, Pentagon, Washington D.C. The CIO’s office has the responsibility to manage the Information Technology for 11 Major Subordinate Commands, 34 Army hospitals, 60,000 employees and a health care system supporting 1.3 million beneficiaries. In this capacity, he oversaw AMEDD policy, the U.S. Army’s Telehealth program in garrison settings and combat zones (18 time zones,30 countries, and over 30 clinical specialties), and Information Technology system development and integration for numerous Army and Department of Defense (DoD) programs.
Previous to that assignment, LTC Ariza was the Program Manager for Medical communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4). LTC Ariza was responsible for successfully managing the deployment schedule, performance and maintenance procedures established for the MC4 program, which has a total program acquisition cost of $750 million. During this tenure at MC4, he was responsible for deploying the electronic medical record to the field during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). LTC Ariza was instrumental in deploying for first time in history of the Department of Defense a comprehensive, life-long electronic medical record for all Service Members forward deployed.
In 2006 LTC Ariza was selected as Manager of the Year in the Department of Defense and was awarded the Arthur S. Flemming Award at George Washington University. This award is given each year to outstanding Federal employees and are recognized by the President of the United States. Past winners include such luminaries as Neil Armstrong, Elizabeth Dole and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. LTC Ariza has twice been recognized by The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) for his role in advancing medical information technology in the U.S ARMY. The Army Medical Department named LTC Ariza Chief Information Officer of the Year in 2002, and in 2005 his team earned the Army Medical Information Systems/Information Management Team of the Year Award.
LTC Ariza’s past deployments include: Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (OEF), Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia. A graduate of the U.S Army Command and General Staff College, (M.A in Leadership), LTC Ariza also holds Master’s degrees in Health Services Administration and Information Management from Webster University and is completing his PhD in Modeling & Simulation at the University of Central Florida. LTC Ariza is a Certified Professional in Information Technology Management and Project Management and a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and The American Telemedicine Association (ATA).