Dr. Norvell Vandervall (Van) Coots is currently serving as the President and CEO of Holy Cross Health, and the President and CEO of the Maryland Region of Trinity Health. Retired in 2016 from the Army as a Brigadier General, his final assignment was as Commanding General, Regional Health Command Europe, and as the Command Surgeon for the US Army Europe and 7th Army, with his headquarters located in Sembach, Germany. Previous assignments have included Deputy Commanding General, US Army Medical Command, and as the Assistant Surgeon General of the Army, 2013-2014. From 2012-2013 he was deployed to combat as the Surgeon General, US Forces Afghanistan and Medical Advisor to the Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force Joint Command (NATO). From 2008- 2011, he served as the final Commander of the Walter Reed Healthcare System and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC.
He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Board Certified in Dermatology, he has a Master’s degree in Strategy from the Army War College. He has served around the world, and has commanded at all levels including company, clinic, hospital and medical center. He has received numerous awards and decorations to include the Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He has been awarded the Legion of Honor from France, and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. He has numerous civilian healthcare awards to include the Scroll of Merit of the National Medical Association. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Leadership Circle on Volunteerism. He is married to Claudia Gomez, and has a son Maximilian, and a daughter Catalina.