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Dr. Tom Bundt

Thomas Bundt PhD, FACHE

Executive Director

VA Puget Sound health care


Thomas Bundt was appointed VA Puget Sound Health Care System executive director October 24, 2022.

Dr. Bundt previously served as acting executive director since April 8, 2022 and deputy executive director since September 12, 2021. Prior to joining VA Puget Sound, he was principal deputy to the assistant director for management as well as the corporate acquisition executive at the Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia. As a combat Veteran and experienced health care executive, Dr. Bundt brings a practiced set of skills to support the VA mission, enable the staff and sustain future integrated health care delivery operations. He is a retired U.S Army colonel and combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with over 30 years of progressive leadership experience culminating in senior health care executive roles. His assignments included multiple brigade and battalion level commands, deployments, interagency postings, academic institutions, bio-containment research and units within Combat Arms and Combat Support formations. In the last few decades, Dr. Bundt led complex enterprises from multi-discipline and graduate education training organizations and remote multi-specialty ambulatory health care delivery systems to a biocontainment (level IV) research institute and a level II trauma academic medical center. His leadership of the latter culminated with his role as the first market director for the DHA Puget Sound market, Tacoma, Washington. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Washington in 1991, a Master of International Relations and History from Louisiana State University in 1998, and from the University of Florida in 2002, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Healthcare Administration and Doctorate of Health Services Research. Later he earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2009, where he earned the Commandant’s Award. Dr. Bundt is an active Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.