Rear Adm. Deborah Parham Hopson, Ph.D., MSPH, RN

Senior Health Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Photo of Rear Admiral Deborah Parham Hopson, Senior Health Advisor at HRSARear Admiral Deborah Parham Hopson, Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, is a nurse officer who currently serves as HRSA’s Senior Health Advisor.

As Senior Health Advisor, she provides expert guidance on national and global public health issues, programs, policies and initiatives with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS in the U.S., Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Prior to assuming this position, Rear Admiral. Parham Hopson was the director of HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) for 11 years. In that assignment, she was responsible for managing the $2.4 billion Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program which provided funds for medical care, treatment and support services for over half- million uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV disease in the United States and U.S. territories.  

She received an undergraduate degree in nursing and health from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2019