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Meet The Leadership

Thomas Klobucar, PhD

Thomas Klobucar, PhD
Acting Executive Director, Office of Rural Health (ORH)

Dr. Thomas F. Klobucar was named Deputy Director of ORH in 2012 and Acting Director in 2016.  His current work is focused on increasing access to health care for rural Veterans, providing opportunities for the delivery of virtual health care services into rural Veterans' homes, the expansion of health care provider virtual consultation services in underserved rural areas, and creating strong partnerships with local, state and national organizations to better serve Veterans, their families and the communities where they live.

Dr. Klobucar oversees the day-to-day operations of ORH and the management of a broad portfolio, including rural health-focused studies and program assessments.  He has overseen the transformation of the ORH electronic reporting system and directed the adoption of innovative and improved processes. Under his leadership, ORH staff maintains relationships with local, state and federal entities with the goal of creating synergistic programs to enhance access to care and services for rural Veterans and their families.

Dr. Klobucar came to VHA in 2010 as a Telehealth Research Associate in the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Iowa City, Iowa.  Before that, he worked in commercial research and academe, holding faculty appointments at The University of Iowa College of Public Health and The Iowa State University Department of Political Science. A retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, Dr. Klobucar spent his military career first as a Cryptologic Russian Linguist and then as an Arms Control Inspector/Interpreter working on execution of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty of 1987 and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) of 1990.

Dr. Klobucar is published in the fields of rural health, home telehealth, political science, Soviet studies, sociology and research methods.

Meet the rest of the ORH staff.