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CAPT Christine Sears, M.D.- A Navy Urologist Commanding on the USNS COMFORT

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

In this episode you will hear Dr. Sears describe how Navy Medical Personnel are able to provide quality medical care while at sea, often with limited resources and direct support. She provides some examples of challenging cases she faced as a General Medical Officer aboard the USS McKee. Dr. Sears explains why sub-specialty surgeons such as herself are important in accomplishing the military medical mission across the globe in humanitarian and operational roles.

CAPT Sears had the unique opportunity to Command the Military Treatment Facility aboard the Navy Hospital Ship- USNS COMFORT. She provides a behind the scenes look at some of the capabilities of this vessel and how it is used during war and peacetime.

Dr. Sears served as the Command Surgeon of the 7th Fleet during the start of the Covid-19 pandemics and talks about some of the unique challenges faced by the Navy balancing public health and operational readiness. She continued her strategic role managing COVID-19 as SOUTHCOM surgeon.

Dr. Sears talks about dealing with post-partum depression as well as a very personal impact of suicide within her immediate family and provides some examples of how she maintained resilience during these tough times.

Dr. Sears currently serves as the Command Surgeon of SOUTHCOM.


CAPT (Dr.) Sears shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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