HJF Hosts Inaugural HJF Leadership Roundtable

United States

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), hosted a Leadership Roundtable, bringing together leaders from the civilian and military medical research communities. 

HJF is uniquely situated at the intersection of the military medical research community, other federal researchers, and private industry. As a nonprofit authorized by the United States Congress to support military medical research, HJF has extensive experience in advancing military medicine. HJF also works with private industry partners to advance the development of products that benefit service members and their families. A number of these innovations are licensed by HJF and were born out of military medical research. 

"HJF’s Leadership Roundtable is intended to bring together leaders in the public and private sectors to discuss topics related to military and veteran health,” said HJF President and CEO Dr. Joseph Caravalho. “The goal is to generate discussions to identify gaps in research relating to military, veteran, and civilian health and, ultimately, to develop synergy between public and private sectors to best address these issues.” 

The inaugural sponsors of the HJF Leadership Roundtable include Lockheed Martin and Humana Military. 

This first meeting focused on the DoD’s contributions to the fight against COVID-19. HJF invited some of the top military and civilian scientists working on COVID-19 to provide presentations on the importance of public-private collaborations, lessons learned from the response to COVID-19, and, most importantly, how to plan for the next global pandemic. 


The presenters at the inaugural Leadership Roundtable meeting included:


Matthew Hepburn, M.D.

Senior Advisor on Pandemic Preparedness to the OSTP Director

Office of Science and Technology Policy


Rear Admiral Anne M. Swap

Director, National Capital Region Market

Defense Health Agency


Nelson L. Michael, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Center for Infectious Diseases Research

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research


Robert Paris, M.D.

VP, Translational Medicine, 

Infectious Diseases



Sandhya Vasan, M.D.

Director, HJF Component of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program & Emerging Infectious Disease Branch 


The HJF Leadership Roundtable is an initiative of HJF with the goal of helping bridge the private and public sectors to advance military medicine. Those interested in participating in future HJF Leadership Roundtable discussions to address specific health-related issues relevant to service members, veterans, and their families can contact HJF at


About HJF
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global nonprofit that administers more than $500 million in medical research funds annually. HJF partners with researchers and clinicians to provide bench to bedside to battlefield research support. More than 3,000 HJF teammates ensure HJF is a trusted and responsive partner by providing scientific, administrative, and program operations services to researchers in the military, academia, and private industry. For more information, visit