Rear Admiral Darin K. Via has become the Navy’s second-highest medical chief after being selected as the new Deputy Surgeon General. The Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations made the announcement on June 1, 2022.
Via, who most recently served as the commander of the Naval Medical Forces Atlantic and director of the medical market in the Navy’s Tidewater area, is also deputy chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and director of the Medical Resources. , Department of Plans and Policy, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC
Via is a former Navy Reserve hospital corps member. He entered service in 1987 when he was admitted to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), where he was commissioned as an ensign. After graduating in 1991 with his doctorate in medicine, he completed his anesthesiology residency training at the former National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, followed by a trauma anesthesia fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, in Baltimore . He later earned a Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from Dartmouth College, NH in 2014. In addition, Via is a qualified Naval Undersea And Diving Medical Officer and holds a faculty position as an associate professor of Anesthesiology at USU.
Rear Admiral Via has been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and was the first Navy medical officer to serve as U.S. Central Command Surgeon. In 2020, he was promoted to rear admiral and served as BUMED’s deputy chief for operations, plans and readiness. He was the first medical flag officer appointed to establish the Chief of Naval Operations’ Office of Medical Systems Integration and Combat Survivability (N44), the sole source sponsor for expeditionary medical capabilities.
Via’s selection strengthens the USU’s presence in all but two of the top nine military-medical leadership positions. admin. (Dr.) Bruce Gillingham (’86) is the Marine Surgeon General, Maj. Gene. (Dr.) Telita Crosland (’91) is the Deputy Army Surgeon General, and Maj. Gene. (Dr.) John J. DeGoes (’89) and Lieutenant General (Dr.) Robert Miller (’89) are the Air Force’s Deputy Surgeon General and Surgeon General, respectively. In addition, the current Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Surgeon, Air Force Major General (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs (’90), is a USU alumnus, leaving only the Army Surgeon General and Director, Defense Health Agency, as the top Military health system leadership not completed by USU graduates.
“I am humbled and honored to support the Surgeon General in carrying out our One Navy Medicine mission to project medical power in support of naval superiority,” Via said. “We also retain a responsibility to work with the Defense Health Agency to facilitate optimal force generation of medically-ready and medical-ready troops.”
Via began his new role as deputy general surgeon on June 30, 2022. He succeeds Rear Admiral Gayle Shaffer, who retired on July 8, 2022.
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