Surgeon General, Navy

The surgeon general is the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, which serves the medical needs of the servicemen and servicewomen in the Navy and Marine Corps and their families. Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan has held the position of Navy surgeon general since 2011 and is the 37th officer to hold that position. He also holds the title of 41st chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), which was established by Congress on August 31, 1842, as a part of the Department of the Navy. Its first chief was the naval surgeon William P. C. Barton.


BUMED, the agency that oversees health care for Navy and Marine Corps personnel both on land and at sea, was initially housed at the ...

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