Thomas Pluim, MD, FAAP

Thomas A Pluim, MD, FAAP, Commander, Navy

Name: Thomas A Pluim, MD, FAAP, Commander, Navy

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Director, Medical Services
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Location: U.S. Naval Hospital Guam

Research Interests:
Pediatric Critical Care

Office Phone: 
(671) 344-9325


Pediatric Internship and Residency-Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (2003-2006)
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship-Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (2007-2010)



A native of Oregon, Commander Pluim graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1999. He holds doctorate of medicine from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) and is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.

Currently, he serves as the Director of Medical Services for US Naval Hospital Guam, where he has previously acted as both Department Head for Pediatrics and lead Physician Advisor for Process Improvement.

From 2012 to March 2015, he served as Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth. During that time, he also held several command leadership positions including: Assistant Director of Medical Services, Chair of Physician Advisor for Process Improvement, Vice Chair Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and Pediatrics Senior Medical Officer.

From June through December of 2011, CDR Pluim served as the Intensive Care Unit Department Head for the NATO Multinational Medical Unit, Role 3 Trauma Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While assigned to NAVCENT in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, CDR Pluim provided direct patient care and oversaw life support and ventilator activities for the most severely injured patients in the theater’s largest military surgical facility.

From 2007 to 2010, CDR Pluim worked through a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, achieving board certification in Pediatric Critical Care in November of 2010. Upon graduation, CDR Pluim returned to Portsmouth Medical Center where he was assigned as staff pediatric critical care physician.

In 2006, CDR Pluim completed his Pediatric Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), Portsmouth, Virginia in 2006. He stayed at NMCP the following year and served as the Pediatric Residency Program’s first Chief of the Residents, and became Board certified in General Pediatrics in October 2006.

CDR Pluim is an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and his prior awards and military decorations include: 2003 Pediatrics Medical Clerkship Student of the Year, USUHS; 2004 Pediatrics Intern of the Year, NMCP; 2006 Medical Officer in Training of the Quarter, Third Quarter, NMCP; 2014 Senior Medical Officer of the Year, NMCP; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2004; and the Navy Commendation Medal in 2007, 2011, and 2015.