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Whole Health VA
17 August 2021

Cynthia Gantt, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

Deputy Director

Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation


Dr. Cynthia Gantt was appointed as the Deputy Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation in October 2019. She is a key member of the executive management team and is responsible for overseeing daily operations, communications and outreach, strategic planning, field implementation activities, and sustainment strategies in support of the Veterans Health Administration’s cultural transformation to a Whole Health System of care. Whole Health is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest.

Dr. Gantt is a U.S. Navy Veteran, retiring as a Captain after serving 29 years. During her Naval career, Dr. Gantt was Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore, in Lemoore, CA from 2013 to 2015 and Commanding Officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2018. Her final military assignment, from 2015 to 2019, was as Chief of Staff to the Commander Navy Medicine East in Portsmouth, VA, which included oversight of 20 military treatment facilities and worldwide public health activities. Prior to her tour at Naval Hospital Lemoore, she was Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA and Senior Nurse Executive at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.  Earlier in her career, she was a primary care manager and served as the Director of Population Health and Medical Management at the TRICARE Management Activity.

Dr. Gantt graduated from the Major Command Course, Navy Leadership and Ethics Center.  She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1991 from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA; and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2002 from the University of San Diego, in San Diego, CA. She received the American Hospital Association’s Federal Healthcare Executive Award and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence (Pacific U.S. Territory). In 2018 Dr. Gantt received the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Gantt’s military decorations include two Legion of Merit, a Defense Meritorious Service, four Meritorious Service, NATO Resolute Support and Afghanistan Campaign Medals.

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