Thomas G. Mihara, PhD

Captain, United States Navy

Assistant Professor

 CAPT Mihara


  • 2002 Ph.D. –Health Services Administration (Management Decision Making) - The George Washington University, Washington, DC

  • 1990 MS – Operations Analysis - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

  • 1988 MS – Systems Management - University of Southern California, LA, CA

  •  BA – Microbiology (honors) - University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • BS – Medical Technology  (honors) -University of Montana, Missoula, MT


  • Operations Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Healthcare Informatics

  • International Health Care

  • Health Care Policy

Professional Affiliations:

  • Credentialed Fellow & Diplomate, American Academy of Medical Administrators

  • Fellow, American College of Contingency Planners

  • Project Management Professional

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems

  • ITIL ver 3 certified

  • Medical Technologist

Selected Presentations and Publications:

Mihara T. (2010) “Organizational Behavior and Learning in Healthcare Services: a Socio-Technical Systems Framework.”  Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities. 1(1).

Ruben M, Mihara T, Hill M, Fristoe, K. (2005) “The Potential of Risk Adjustment for the Military Health System’s TRICARE Program.”  Military Medicine. Vol 170, 964-971, Nov 2005.

Masterson B, Mihara T, Miller G.(2004) “Using Models and Data to Support Optimization of the Military Health System: A Case Study in an Intensive Care Unit.” Health Care Management Science, 7 (3): 217-224, August 2004.

Mihara T. (2003) “Discrete Event Simulation Initiatives in the Military Health System.” Invited paper at Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting, Health Section, October 2003.

Mihara T. (2002) How Patient and Staff Satisfaction Changes During a Large Scale Transformation in a Medical Teaching Facility: a socio-technical systems interpretation. Washington, DC: George Washington University dissertation.

Mihara T. (1996) “Operations Research (OR) Techniques.” Frederick, MD: Naval Medical Logistics Command Bulletin. Vol (2).

Mihara T. (1990) "Measuring the Efficient Utilization of Personnel at Navy Military Treatment Facilities.” Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School thesis.

Executive Healthcare Resource Management Course, “Healthcare Technology and Information Management,” San Antonio, TX, 3/2011

Navy Days Introduction, HIMSS, Chicago, IL, 2/2009

Unified Biostatistical Utility/Uniform Business Office Annual Conference, “Use of M2”;”Coding Workload Integration Committee,” San Diego, CA, 7/2004

TRICARE Management Activity, “Modeling and Simulation Program in TMA: outcome of studies for the Deputy Surgeons General,” Falls Church, VA, 5/2004

Coding Compliance Editor Inpatient Integrated Product Team, “Overview of HA/TMA Initiatives for Coding,” 1/2004

TRICARE Financial Management Education Program, “Unified Biostatistical Utility,” Falls Church, VA, 11/2003

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2003, Health Section, “Discrete Event Simulation Initiatives in the Military Health System,” Atlanta, GA, 10/2003

Naval School of Health Sciences, "Budget Execution Tools," Bethesda, MD, 8/2000

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, “Decision Support Systems,” PMO 527, Bethesda, MD, 2/2000

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, "Application of Simulation at a Navy Clinic," Orlando, FL, 2/1998

TRICARE Conference, "Enrollment Based Capitation Data," Washington, DC, 2/1997

Secretary of the Navy's Committee on Retired Personnel, "DOD and HCFA Coordination of services to Dual Eligibles," Washington, DC, 3/1995

Triservice Medical Outcomes Measure Work Group, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs),  "Readiness Product Line: orthopedic injury,"  Washington, DC, 6/1994

TRICARE Conference, "Demographics - Population," Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, DC, 6/1994

Commanding Officers' Conference, Navy Surgeon General, "Product Line Evaluation," Washington, DC, 4/1994

Navy Surgeon General Focus Brief, "External Partnerships," BUMED, Washington, DC, 11/1993

Baylor University, Master program for Health Care  Administrators, "BRAC Migration Model," San Antonio, TX, 6/1993

Ambulatory Care Functional Working Group, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), "Navy Ambulatory Resource Issues," Washington, DC, 6/1992

Department of Defense Assistant Deputy Comptroller, “CHAMPUS Information Systems," Washington, DC, 5/1992

Vice-Chief of Naval Operations, Standing Medical Board, "Measures of Effectiveness," Washington, DC, 3/1992

Navy Flag Level Working Committee, "Measures of Effectiveness," Washington, DC, 3/1992

Navy Resource Management Conference, "Performance Measurement Tools," Washington, DC, 9/1991  Utilization

Government Research Projects

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)/TRICARE Management Activity. (2004). “Health Care Management Demonstration Report to Congress.” Section 733 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 and Section 738 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.

Project Officer for RAND OSD (Health Affairs) studies (2004). “Potentially Inappropriate Use of Pharmaceuticals by Elderly TRICARE Beneficiaries (DRR 3359)”; “Pharmacy Use and Costs in the Pharmacy Use and Costs in Employer-Provided Health Plans (MG-154-OSD)”; “Determinants of Dispensing Location in the Senior TRICARE Pharmacy Program (MG237-0)”.