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MG(R) Joseph Caravalho Jr., MD Operational Expertise Enhances Strategic Military Medical Leadership

Dr. Caravalho received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Gonzaga University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences. He completed an internal medicine residency and nuclear medicine and cardiology fellowships.

Dr. Caravalho served in several clinical roles and operationally as a medical officer in the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group; Joint Special Operations Command; 75th Ranger Regiment; U.S. Army Special Operations Command; and XVIII Airborne Corps. He also commanded the 28th Combat Support Hospital. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the senior medical officer for both Multi-National Force-Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq. He also has been the Commander of Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, both the Army's Northern and Southern Regional Commands, and the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC).

MG(R) Caravalho's culminating assignments on Active Duty were as Army Deputy Surgeon General and then as Joint Staff Surgeon, where he served as the chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).

In this episode, Dr. Caravalho talks about his extensive experience in operational medicine in the Special Forces and in the 75th Ranger Regiment and how that prepared him to serve at the highest strategic levels in Military Medicine. He reflects on his many commands and the lessons he's learned during his distinguished career. He describes the importance of research within Military Medicine and the incredible accomplishments of the MRMC. Dr. Caravalho provides a unique perspective of how Military Medicine needs to be able to function at the highest levels in a Joint Force environment where individual Services can’t afford to operate within silos.

Dr. Caravalho also describes the mission and purpose of HJF and how the organization has been able to support Military Medicine in performance improvement, research, and innovation in ways that supplement the efforts of the Services. MG(R) Caravalho has had unique and interesting experiences during his distinguished Army Medicine career and beyond, and he shares important lessons learned and recommendations through engaging stories and personal reflection.

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