Vice President, Product Operations (Federal)
David Whitmer is a board-certified healthcare executive with 30 years of public health experience, including 20 years in C-suite positions directing facilities and operations for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), along with 10 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Prior to joining DSS, Inc., Mr. Whitmer served as the Medical Center Director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin Georgia, where he was responsible for a staff of over 1,800 and an annual budget of $350 million. While there, he led efforts to surge capacity and mitigate risks for COVID-19 patients, overseeing a COVID-19 vaccine program that delivered over 30,000 vaccinations to Veterans and employees across middle and South Georgia. He also oversaw new construction programs for sites of care and long term housing solutions for Veterans at risk for homelessness. Before that Mr. Whitmer served as chief operating officer at the Sunshine Health Network, VISN 8, based in St. Petersburg, Florida and with eight large VA hospitals in Florida and Puerto Rico. During the last eight years of his 21-year career at NIH, Whitmer was the SES Executive Office for the National Eye Institute and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the nation’s vision research program. David specializes in leading organizations, executive coaching, developing comprehensive, inclusive strategic plans and growth strategies, and government relations. David has also served on corporate and non-profit boards advising vision research, financial institutions, and land use.