Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Leadership

COL Dalal

Colonel Stephen J. Dalal

Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
U.S. Army, Veterinary Corps

Colonel Stephen J. Dalal leads the DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs with a FY19 annual budget of $1.3 Billion. He is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of 115 medical research and acquisition professionals who manage 33 research programs directed by Congress to improve healthcare outcomes for Service Members, Veterans, and the American Public. He is responsible for transitioning medical technologies to improve warfighter capabilities and to accelerate translation of knowledge into standards of care.

Prior to CDMRP, Colonel Dalal served as the Director for Medical Systems Portfolio for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, under the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology). He was responsible for strategic and technical input of the Army Science and Technology portfolio and leading the planning, programming and budgeting investment strategy activities for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command.

Colonel Dalal gained extensive knowledge in research and development and acquisition from previous assignments that include Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, Fort Detrick, Maryland; Joint Product Manager for the Transformation Medical Technologies Program under the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense, in Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Division Director at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; and various research assignments that include the Institute of Chemical Defense, the Center for Army Public Health Center (formerly the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine), and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Colonel Dalal deployed to Iraq as a member of the Field Assistance Science & Technology Team for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. While there, he conducted a pilot program that served as the impetus for the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) program office, which he led as its first Program Manager. Under his leadership, the JTAPIC team received the Army Acquisition Research and Development “Collaboration of the Year” award in 2008.  

Colonel Stephen J. Dalal attended Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He completed his Laboratory Animal Medicine residency and Masters of Public Health degree at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and is board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Colonel Dalal went on to receive a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He holds a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act–Level III certificate in the Program Management and Science & Technology Management career fields.

Colonel Dalal is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Medical Department Order of Military Medical Merit.

Colonel Sang J. Pak

Deputy Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps

Last updated Wednesday, July 10, 2019