US Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham will deliver remarks at an upcoming Potomac Officers Club event to set the stage for a discussion on the country’s pandemic response and resilience initiatives.
Gillingham was confirmed to this post in October 2019 and wears the double hat of Chief of the Navy’s Office of Medicine and Surgery. He has held a variety of positions across naval medicine, including directing pediatric orthopedic surgery and scoliosis, the orthopedic residency program, and surgical services.
The orthopedic surgeon helped establish the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care Center at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, one of three Department of Defense hospitals that provide rehabilitative care services to critically ill or wounded.
Some of his accomplishments while working in the field include achieving a 98% combat casualty survival rate at the highest conflict point of the Iraq war in 2004 and ensuring the safety of over 200 000 US citizens following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Gillingham looks to its “People, Platforms, Performance and Power” priorities – also known as 4P – to lead medical initiatives for the Navy and Marine Corps in future combat.
At the Sea-Air-Space 2021 exhibit, he praised the efforts of the One Navy medical team and the team’s key contributions to the national discussion around raising awareness about the transmission of COVID-19.
“We cannot forget, as much as we provide public health care and infectious disease, at the heart of the Navy’s response was the resilience of our Sailors,” said Gillingham.
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