Naili Chen, COL, MC, SFS, USAF

Naili Chen, COL, MC, SFS, USAF

Name: Naili Chen, COL, MC, SFS, USAF

Department of Primary Appointment: Military & Emergency Medicine
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor

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Office Phone: (301) 295-3474


Naili “Vector” A. Chen, COL, MC, SFS, USAF is the Assistant Faculty for the Department of Military Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), MD.  He assists, coordinates and teaches over 800 medical and post-graduate students at the university.  He is the subject medical expert in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Preventive and Public Health, and Occupational Medicine.  He also provides clinical care and support to over 6000 active duty members at the Pentagon.

Colonel Chen was born in Taiwan, raised in Argentina and the United States.  Prior to joining the USAF, he worked as both a hospitalist and an urgent care physician in San Diego.  He is a RAM trained Flight Surgeon who specializes in International Health and Internal Medicine.  He is a board certified internist and holds two additional master degrees.  In addition, he is a two-time graduated Squadron Commander.  His life experience has yielded extensive cultural knowledge with fluency in multiple languages.

His military career started in 2001 as an operational Flight Surgeon, Chief of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Commander of Flight Medicine.  He was the lead in the revamping the Tuberculosis Health program for Republic of Palau’s Health Ministry, deployed in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND), and worked as Chiefs of Medical Staff and Aerospace Medicine for 376th Expedition Medical Group (EMDG), Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan in 2005.  He was the Senior Medical Officer for 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Diego Garcia in 2006, and was the lead flight surgeon for the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility Hub at 332 EMDG and 386 EMDG providing Aero-Evacuation in support of over 6000 military personnel at Joint Base Balad and 2500 military personnel at Ali Al Salem in 2011.


Lead Activities:
Director, Summer Operational Experience
Coordinator, Operational Military Medicine Electives