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First Graduate School of Nursing Alum Chosen for Flag Rank

U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Susan Orsega was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral, becoming the first graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) to do so. Orsega is a 2001 graduate of the GSN’s nurse practitioner program.

The announcement came from U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Vivek Murthy, who also appointed Orsega as the new Nurse Chief Professional Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service. As such, she will provide guidance and advice to the Surgeon General and administrative committees on matters such as recruitment, retention, and career development for officers within the nurse category.

Orsega is assigned as a senior program management consultant officer to the Department of Health and Human Services. She works at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. In this role, she serves as the lead program officer responsible for an international South African HIV research program, a partnership between NIAID, the Department of Defense and the South African National Defense Force involving 6,000 patients and 120 South African staff. She also plays a similar role with the Mali Africa NIAID TB-HIV project. She has traveled extensively to both African sites providing leadership, mentorship, training and site research operation guidance to the clinical staff.

“We are proud of Susan’s many NIAID achievements and her work in global health research,” said GSN Dean Dr. Carol Romano. “She remains active with the GSN and we look forward to our continued partnership.”













U.S. Public Health Service Rear Adm. Susan Orsega. (Courtesy Photo)