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Medical Corps, United States Navy
Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Kobelja received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. in 1987 and upon completion of Officer Candidate School was commissioned and subsequently completed follow-on Surface Warfare Officer training in Newport, R.I. His fleet assignments included a Division Officer tour aboard the destroyer USS Conolly (DD-979), Norfolk, Va., as First Lieutenant and Combat Information Center Officer and at Combat Systems Training Group, Norfolk, Va. as a Mobile Training Team Leader.
In 1992 he was transferred to the Medical Corps completing his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Md. in 1996 then follow-on clinical training in Anesthesiology at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, Md. and Pain Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington, D.C.
Kobelja was then assigned to NNMC as a staff anesthesiologist in 2001 where he was selected for progressive leadership assignments including Department Head of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and Director for Surgical Services overseeing the integration and transition of the surgical staff of WRAMC and NNMC into the new DoD facility Walter Reed Military Medical Center Bethesda. In 2011 he transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego as Deputy Commander and was responsible for the day to day operations of the medical center with a staff of 7,800 personnel. Subsequently he assumed command of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 2013 leading a staff of 2,800 where he oversaw the completion of and the transition to the new award winning facility 6 months ahead of schedule and $100 million under budget. In July 2015 he transferred to Naples, Italy for duties as U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa and U.S. SIXTH Fleet Surgeon.
His deployments include Task Force Middle East Force while ship’s company in 1988, Staff Anesthesiologist for the 5th Fleet Surgical Augmentation Team, Manama, Bahrain in 2003 and Officer-in-Charge of a Forward Resuscitation Surgical System surgical team in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2007.
Kobelja is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at USUHS. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer and Fleet Marine Force Medical Officer.