Dr. Richard Stoltz serves as the acting director for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).
Stoltz is a 29-year Navy veteran. He was commissioned as a lieutenant and began his military career as a clinical psychology intern at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda (NNMC), Maryland, now known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 1987 he completed his internship and received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Throughout his military career, Stoltz served in a variety of health care leadership positions to include commanding officer of Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and commander of the Joint Medical Group, Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay. His joint service experiences also include serving as the program manager for mental health and substance abuse programs and later as the deputy director of Clinical Operations at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in Washington, D.C. Later, Stoltz served as the assistant chief of staff at BUMED. In his final tour on active duty, Stoltz served as the director at DCoE.
His operational deployment includes serving as the officer-in-charge at the Naval Branch Health Clinic Bahrain. In Bahrain he directed the daily operations of health care services in support of 80 tenant commands and U.S. Fifth Fleet service personnel.
Stoltz’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various service awards.