A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Medical Corps 145th Birthday


On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine family, it is my privilege and honor to congratulate our Navy Medical Corps as they celebrate 145 years of service, providing the very best care our nation can offer to those who have sacrificed to defend our freedom. On March 3, 1871, the 41st congress enacted the naval appropriations act, establishing the Medical …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: The Zika Virus

Mosquito-borne viruses hit summer peak, WNV discovered on Fort McNair

 By Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III Shipmates, The Zika virus is topic that is front and center in the news lately and I want to assure you that Navy Medicine is fully-engaged on this issue, protecting you and your family. Zika is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes but there is also risk of sexual transmission. Active transmission of …

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The Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy: A Statistical and Biographical Retrospective, Part III


By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Navy surgeons general have been a well-published lot over the years. Their literary output includes textbooks, articles, clinical studies, histories, memoirs, travelogues and even one epic poem. Surgeon William P.C. Barton was one of most published BUMED chiefs since 1842.  Over the course of his career, Barton authored …

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Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Assuming the Watch

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Shipmates: It is my privilege and honor to have assumed the watch as your 38th Surgeon General. I am humbled to lead such an amazing organization of more than 63,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and contract personnel. I am incredibly proud of the tremendous impact Navy Medicine has made and continues to make throughout our history. I look forward to …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Shipmate Going Ashore

Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan talks with a group of service members April 17, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck, during a visit to Regional Command South-West. Senior military medical officials from the U.S. and the United Kingdom visited medical units throughout Afghanistan to assess the advances and challenges being faced in the medical community while in a deployed environment. (Photo Credit: Capt. Addie Snay, Task Force MEDA)

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Shipmates and colleagues: It seems hard to believe that four years have gone by since I wrote many of you when I became your surgeon general. As I prepare to leave, I am occasionally asked about any regrets over this tour. I …

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