Thomas R. Cullison, MD (RADM, USN (Ret))

Thomas R. Cullison, MD (RADM, USN (Ret))

Name: Thomas R. Cullison, MD (RADM, USN (Ret))

Department of Primary Appointment:
Position: USU Staff
Title: Senior Advisor

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Rear Admiral (Ret) Thomas R. Cullison has been actively involved in health policy and international health engagement issues since retiring in 2010 following a 38-year Navy career that culminated in service as Deputy Surgeon General. Prior to joining CGHE, he was Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and Deputy Chief Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He began as a surface warfare officer in USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865), participated in riverine salvage operations in Vietnam and served as a saturation diving officer. Dr. Cullison received his doctor of medicine degree in 1979 from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following a surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center, San Diego his clinical assignments included Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Naval Medical Center, San Diego as Assistant Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and Director, Sports Medicine Service. During this period he deployed as Leader of Surgical Team Seven and Commander Amphibious Task Force Surgeon.

Rear Admiral Cullison’s Navy Medicine leadership career began in San Diego as Surgeon General Specialty Leader for Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Surgical Services. He later served as Deputy Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Fleet Surgeon U.S. Pacific Fleet, Command Surgeon U.S. Pacific Command, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth VA and Commander Navy Medicine East. His personal awards include Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Bronze Star with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

His professional activities have included: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU), Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Diplomate American College of Healthcare Executives, Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board of Directors for the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and Fellow American Orthopaedic Association.