Dr. Theresa Cullen is the Health Director of Pima County, Arizona. She was appointed in April 2020. Previously she worked for six years as the Associate Director, Global Health Informatics, at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, a medical research and development organization.
Cullen has said Tucson is a vaccine success story. Speaking at the March 23, 2021 meeting of LD9 Democrats, she said that 81% of all people over 70 have been vaccinated in Pima County.
She is a family physician who retired from the US Public Health Service as Rear Admiral in 2012 after leading multiple software development and deployment initiatives within the Indian Health Service (IHS). Under her leadership as CIO, RPMS — the health information technology (HIT) system for IHS — became the only certified HIT software suite within the federal government.
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Dr. Cullen started her career with Indian Health Service (IHS) in 1984 as a family practice physician and was a clinical director on the Tohono O’odham reservation from 1994-1999.
Between 2012 and 2015, Dr. Cullen worked as the chief medical information officer for the Veterans Health Administration. She worked to develop a new model for field/community involvement in HIT and expand work in multiple domains, including interoperability/data sharing, standards and terminology, and informatics patient safety.
Dr. Cullen has worked to develop population health IT software suites since 2002, including electronic clinical quality measures and expanded population health capabilities at the point of care. Her work at Regenstrief Institute focuses on the utilization of appropriate technology to meet identified clinical needs and improve health outcomes in LMIC as well as using standard vocabularies (LOINC) to improve clinical care.