Throughout her decades of service to the United States military, Dr. Anna Chacko has made a number of important contributions in her various professional capacities. Since joining the U.S. Army Medical Department following the completion of her medical residency in 1975, Dr. Anna Chacko has given her time and energy to a number of highly regarded positions within the service. After serving as Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Anna Chacko completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. After finishing her formal medical training, Dr. Anna Chacko served variously as a Radiology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Brooke Army Medical Center, and as Radiology Consultant to the Commander of Great Plains Regional Medical Command, among others. Most recently, she functioned as Service Chief for the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Service Line at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia.
Over the years, Dr. Anna Chacko’s projects have included developing uses for portable ultrasound in trauma situations and establishing a $57 million virtual radiology environment for the Great Plains Regional Medical Command. A leading expert and researcher in picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), Dr. Anna Chacko also served as Director of PACS to the Commander of the Great Plains Regional Medical Command and the U.S. Army Medical Department. Receiving the prestigious Legion of Merit for exceptional service in both 2000 and 2001, Dr. Anna Chacko’s other military commendations include a 1991 Meritorious Service Medal for her work in educational and health care support at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi. In addition, Dr. Anna Chacko earned a 1997 Order of Military Medical Merit Medallion from the U.S. Army Medical Department and an “A” Proficiency Designator by the Surgeon General for demonstrating exceptional professional ability in 1998.