Col Val Finnell, MD, MPH

Col Val Finnell, MD, MPH

Dates of Service: Jul 1996 - Jun 2016
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  • 2d Lt 90
  • Capt 94
  • Maj Jun 01
  • Lt Col Jun 07
  • Col Jun 13
Commissioning Source:  Direct Commission, Jun 2005

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Retired Air Force physician (Colonel) with extensive medical director and Chief of Medical Staff experience. Board certified in Preventive Medicine, Pathology, and Medical Management. Currently establishing a veterans outreach program in the Greater Pittsburgh area for acupuncture/laser therapy to assist with chronic pain, TBI, PTSD, and addictions.

Military Experiences

Jul 2012 - Mar 2016
Division Chief
Division Chief for the Applied Technology and Genomics Center (ATGC). Implemented and maintained a medical research portfolio with a $1M-$2M annual budget for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), bioinformatics, and testing of commercial products in support of human performance and force health protection goals.
Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
Program Director
Program Director for the General Preventive Medicine residency program at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Achieved ACGME re-accreditation of program after relocation from San Antonio, TX to Dayton, OH within two months with no deficiencies cited by site visitor.
Jul 2009 - Jun 2012
Chief of Medical Staff
Chief of the Medical Staff and Deputy Group Commander. Responsible for the oversight of the only military medical treatment facility in the Greater Los Angeles area. Supervised clinic operations for primary care, laboratory, radiology, preventive medicine, and mental health. Also responsible for credentialing and privileging of all facility health care providers. Served as base Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO). Maintained clinic accreditation through AAAHC and Air Force Health Services inspections
Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
General Preventive Medicine/Public Health residency. Served as Chief Resident of a fully accredited program from 2008-2009. Teaching Fellow. Taught public health ethics to MPH students in 2008 and 2009.

Military Credentials

Individual & Special Skill Schools


American Board of Preventive Medicine


Certified Physician Executive


American Board of Pathology

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

1986 - 1990

Washington and Jefferson College

Bachelor's Degree, Philosophy