Navy Surgeon General Video Message: Navy Medicine Priorities

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery


I have talked a lot about priorities over the last several months and have shared with you what I believe is a course charted for the success of Navy Medicine in the future. 

As we move into the New Year, my goal is for every member of the Navy Medicine team—from the doctors, nurses and health care administrators at a medical treatment facility to the independent duty corpsman on a submarine—to know and recognize not only our priorities of readiness, value and jointness, but also how each of them relates to them individually and how they can “own” them.

I made the following video to help explain a bit more about what our priorities are and why I think they are important moving forward.

 I am looking to my leaders on the officer, enlisted, civilian and contract levels, to engage with your folks and relate these priorities to your commands and jobs. Open and transparent communication is a leadership imperative and an expectation I have of all my team members.

As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve as your Surgeon General.

M.L. Nathan

Editor’s note:  If you are unable to view the video through YouTube, it is also available for download on the Surgeon General’s Corner on Navy Medicine website, under media downloads: