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Rear Admiral Bruce L. Gillingham
Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Medical Corps, United States Navy

Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham is a native of San Diego. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology (with high honors) from the University of California, San Diego and a Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an inductee in the medical honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Gillingham completed a surgical internship and an orthopedic residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He also completed subspecialty training as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada in 1995. He qualified as an undersea and diving medical officer.

He has served in various positions throughout Navy Medicine to include director of Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis Surgery; Associate Orthopedic Residency Program director; and director of Surgical Services. While assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, he was instrumental in establishing the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care Center (C5).

Operationally, he served aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) as staff orthopedic surgeon and as director of surgical services. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II as battalion chief of Professional Services (Forward) for the 1st Force Service Support Group and officer in charge of the Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon, achieving a 98 percent combat casualty survival rate while providing echelon II surgical care during Operation Phantom Fury.

Gillingham also served as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Readiness & Health; commander, Navy Medicine West; commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego; deputy commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth; commanding officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida; Pacific Fleet surgeon, and Fleet surgeon and director, Health Services, U.S. Fleet Forces. While in the Pacific, he led efforts to assist the Vietnam People’s Navy in creating an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical program, and in the re-location of Navy Medical Research Unit-2 to Singapore. In 2011, he served as the Joint Support Force-Japan Surgeon in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, ensuring the safety of over 200,000 U.S. citizens, service members and families.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopedic Association and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American College of Physician Executives, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He has published over 30 scientific articles and book chapters. In his previous assignment, he served as the director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (N0931), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

He currently serves as Surgeon General of the Navy, N093/chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Gillingham’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (seven awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with the Eagle Globe, and Anchor device with bronze star and the Fleet Marine Force ribbon.

RDML Timothy Weber
Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific and
Director of the Medical Service Corps

Rear Adm. Timothy Weber is a native of Holland, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He received his commission as an ensign in 1989.

Operationally, Weber completed a one-year assignment in 2010 to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/ Combined Security Transition Command as Chief, Afghan National Police (ANP) Medical Advising Team/Advisor to the ANP Surgeon General. He has also served in senior staff positions as director of manpower resources, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (OPNAV N931); legislative liaison, Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs; various healthcare resourcing roles at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and chief of staff, TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

Additionally, he has served as the director for administration, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and as executive officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. In 2015, Weber assumed command of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. Weber’s most recent assignment was at Navy Medicine West where he reported as chief of staff in 2017.

Weber assumed duties as commander, Navy Medicine West (NMW), Aug. 16, 2019. In this capacity, he directed Navy Medicine’s health care system in the Pacific providing medical care to more than 850,000 beneficiaries and he oversaw Navy Medicine’s research and development activities worldwide. On Dec. 17, 2019, Weber became commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific, as NMW was renamed to reflect the command’s new readiness-focused mission. In this role, Weber has oversight of 11 Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Commands on the West Coast and Pacific Rim that train, man, and equip medical forces, primarily in military treatment facilities, as well as Navy Medicine’s eight research labs. He currently is the 19th Director of the Medical Service Corps.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). He also has been awarded the Japanese Defense Cooperation Award (Second Class) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Dr. Steven Spear
Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics
MIT Sloan School of Management

Steve Spear DBA MS is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches a core class in the Leaders for Global Operations Program and in executive education programs. He has advised some four dozen theses, and is principal investigator on a machine learning/medical care project.  He is also founder of See to Solve LLC, a software company whose products support high frequency problem solving and distributed learning in complex systems.  

Spear’s work as an organizational theorist focuses on the design, operation, and improvement of business processes so their configuration best taps into the creative potential of the many individual experts whose efforts have to harmonize towards common purpose.  Spear authored “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System,” which has become part of the lean manufacturing canon.  “Fixing Healthcare from the Inside Today” won a McKinsey Award as one of Harvard Business Reviews best two articles, the year it was published.  He’s had other pieces in Annals of Internal MedicineAcademic MedicineHealth Services Research and other healthcare journals. 

Ideas in his book,The High Velocity Edge, have been the basis for the management system at utility DTE Energy, for the business system at aluminum maker Alcoa, for the Navy’s high velocity learning initiative, and for the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative’s ‘ effecting patient care system.’  They have been tested in practice in a variety of other sectors as well.  

Through his advisory work, Spear’s been an advisor to the Director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, the Chief of Naval Operations, a former Secretary of the Treasury, and several corporate leaders.  He’s also done work for the Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the VA and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While working with Navy leadership, Spear was one of only a few outside advisors to Fleet Forces Command’s “Comprehensive Review of 7th Fleet Incidents,” and he was on an advisory panel to Newport News Shipbuilding, addressing issues about bringing on board new technologies to the first in class USS Gerald Ford.  His degrees include a doctorate from Harvard, masters in mechanical engineering and management from MIT Sloan, and a bachelors from Princeton, where he studied economics.

Dr. Spears’ supplemental material:
The High Velocity Edge Chapter 11 Healthcare
The High Velocity Edge Chapter 6
Eliminating CLABs at AGH
Spear Schmidhofer Ambiguity and Workarounds Annals

Dr. Mark E. Brouker, Pharm.D.
Captain, USN (retired)

Captain Brouker is a thought leader, sought after keynote speaker, professor, historian, executive coach, and author of the highly acclaimed book – Lessons from the Navy: How to build trust, lead teams and create organizational excellence. He has also published numerous articles on the topic of leadership in a wide variety of periodicals.

Recipient of numerous awards, he served in an array of leadership positions during and after his naval career, including 15 years in the C-suite. Captain Brouker served as Commanding Officer at one of the largest naval hospitals worldwide. He also served as Chief of Staff for Navy Medicine West, responsible for 10 hospitals spanning the West Coast to the Indian Ocean and healthcare for 800,000 patients. In this position, he provided executive coaching for 10 Commanding Officers.

After transitioning from the military, Dr. Brouker founded Brouker Leadership Solutions, a company passionate about helping leaders succeed on their leadership journey. He has presented to thousands of professionals from diverse organizations in 21 countries on 5 continents around the world, as well as provided executive coaching to leaders at all levels – from CEOs to entry level. His clients include an array of Fortune 500 companies, professional and military organizations, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and top universities. 

Captain Brouker volunteers as an executive coach at The Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps U.S. Navy SEALs and other Special Operations Forces military transition from the military to the corporate environment.  His next book, The Nimitz Way: Leadership lessons from America’s greatest naval commander, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2022.

Dr. Mark Brouker’s Leadership Book List
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