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Rear Admiral David A. LaneDIRECTOR DAVID A. LANE
Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, United States Navy
Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Biography
Rear Admiral (Lower Half) David Lane comes to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after having served as The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps (TMO) and Director of Health Services for the U.S. Marine Corps since September 2014. He was previously the Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from June 2012 through August 2014. Originally from Orlando, Florida, he enlisted in the Navy in 1975, and he has remained on continuous active duty ever since, serving as a hospital corpsman, as a Naval Flight Officer in EA-6B Prowler aircraft, as a family physician, and as a medical leader.
 
RDML Lane has received education and professional training at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1981), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (Class of 1991), Yale University School of Medicine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the National Defense University, and he has been board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1994. In addition to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, rising from lieutenant through commander, RDML Lane served on the clinical staffs at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Naval Health Clinic Groton, and Naval Medical Center San Diego before being selected as Aide to the Surgeon General of the Navy. He has also cared for patients at the National Naval Medical Center, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain, Naval Health Clinic Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, and Tripler Army Medical Center.
 
Operationally, CAPT Lane spent much of 2004-2012 serving as a command surgeon with the Marines in the Pacific Area of Operations, including Group Surgeon with 3d Marine Logistics Group, Force Surgeon with III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Force Surgeon with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. He deployed multiple times with Okinawa-based Marines as the senior medical advisor or medical detachment commander for disaster relief missions, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, an earthquake in Pakistan, an earthquake in central Indonesia, cyclones and mudslides in the Philippines, and floods in Bangladesh. His tours in Okinawa were followed by consecutive assignments in Honolulu, first as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services/Chief of the Medical Staff at Tripler Army Medical Center (2008-2010), then as Force Surgeon, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (2010-2012). As Force Surgeon, he was instrumental in concept development and initial implementation of the Marine Centered Medical Home, and he oversaw health services for the Marine Corps during Operation TOMODACHI, the U.S. government’s disaster relief effort in Japan following a devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown.
 
During outservice training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine (1994-1996), Dr. Lane was awarded the Henry Christian Award for excellence in clinical research by the American Federation of Medical Research and he received teaching honors from the Middlesex Community Hospital, Middletown, CT. Additionally, he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the U.S. Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit, and a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer. RDML Lane’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and both the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He was promoted to flag rank on 1 August 2014.
 
RDML Lane and his wife, Vicki, have been married for more than 34 years, and they have three grown children who have served or are serving in the Peace Corps, the Navy, and the Army.