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Colonel Michael S. HeimallCHIEF OF STAFF JOHN R. ROTRUCK
Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy
Chief of Staff, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Captain John R. Rotruck currently serves as the Chief of Staff, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps in 1996 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Medical Degree, both from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
Upon entering the Navy, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a tour as a General Medical Officer for the Marine Corp’s 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan. He then went to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight surgeon training, followed by an assignment to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 266 at MCAS New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina. After a successful deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, he reported to NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, as the Flight Surgeon for Helicopter Training Squadron 8, and eventually as the Senior Flight Surgeon for Training Air Wing 5.
Captain Rotruck then completed his Anesthesiology residency at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He then returned to the National Naval Medical Center to serve as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.
Following a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was elected to serve as the President of the Medical Staff at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He then went on to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the medical center, and then as the Assistant Chief of Staff, prior to assuming his current duties. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.