USF medical residency alum named Navy Surgeon General

Matthew L. Nathan, MD, a graduate from USF’s medical residency program, is the newly named Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. Nathan, who is now a vice admiral, completed his internal medicine residency at USF in 1984.

Rear Adm. Matthew Nathan was named Vice Admiral and Navy Surgeon General.

Dr. Nathan – who replaces Dr. Adam M. Robinson, who is retiring – was nominated by President Obama in August and will be sworn in to his new post in November. As Surgeon General, he will oversee the global network of the Navy’s 63,000 medical personnel who provide health care to more than one million beneficiaries. He will also serve of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS).

Prior to this, Dr. Nathan was commander of the Navy Medicine Capital area and Commander of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

“Dr. Nathan trained under Dr. Roy Behnke our Founding Chairman, who was a superb educator,” said Allan Goldman, professor and chair of the USF Department of Internal Medicine. “Dr. Behnke would have instilled in him the knowledge and qualities that have helped make him an excellent physician and outstanding leader. We know he will be a great Surgeon General and wish him the best in his new position.”

Dr. Nathan earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing his residency at USF, he began his Navy career as head of the Internal Medicine Department at the Naval Hospital at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.