2017 White Coat Speaker: Navy Surgeon General

Vice Adm. Forrest FaisonVice Adm. Forrest Faison, U.S. Navy surgeon general, will address incoming students during the University’s White Coat ceremony on August 17 at 2 p.m., in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

The ceremony represents the right of passage transition from student to healthcare provider as the incoming students receive the symbol of their profession – the white coat.  Recipients are from all of the University’s clinical programs, including Optometry, Audiology, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs.  

“We are honored that Vice Admiral Faison will deliver the keynote address to our students at this milestone event in the beginning of their careers,” said president Dr. Michael H. Mittelman.  “Vice Adm. Faison and I have served together several times and I know first-hand about his impressive array of professional accomplishments and how he will serve as an inspiration for those embarking on their healthcare career trajectories.”

Faison, who also serves as chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, is board certified in pediatrics and is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has published widely on neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants as well as the future of Wounded Warrior care and the use of telemedicine and health informatics in healthcare.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed post-graduate training in general pediatrics at the Naval Hospital San Diego and fellowship training in neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the University of Washington.