Retired Aug. 1, 1994.
Lieutenant General (Dr.) Alexander M. Sloan is surgeon general, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Sloan was born in 1934, in Clarksburg, W.Va. He graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1951 and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland in 1955. The general attended West Virginia Medical School from 1955 to 1957, then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where he earned a doctor of medicine degree in 1959.
After serving a rotating internship at Philadelphia General Hospital from July 1959 to July 1960, General Sloan entered the Air Force. He attended the primary course in aerospace medicine in September 1960 and was assigned as a flight surgeon at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. In July 1963 he returned to the University of Pennsylvania for an Air Force Institute of Technology-sponsored internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship.
In July 1966 General Sloan was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Hospital, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where he served initially as chief of the Medicine Division and Dialysis Unit. Then, in June 1968, he was named director of hospital services and deputy commander.
General Sloan returned to the United States in July 1969 as chief of renal service, Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. While there he became chief of internal medicine services in 1970 and chairman of the department of medicine in 1972.
In July 1976 the general transferred to the USAF Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as director of hospital services and deputy commander. From 1978 to 1980 he commanded the hospital at Keesler with additional duty as director of base medical services. In May 1980 he was assigned as deputy director for medical plans and resources, Office of the Surgeon General, and became director in June 1981. In August 1985 he became deputy surgeon general, Air Force headquarters. General Sloan served in this position until October 1988, when he assumed the duties of command surgeon, Headquarters U.S. European Command. He assumed his present position in August 1991.
The general is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, National Medical Veterans Society, American College of Physician Executives, Aerospace Medical Association, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Air Force Association, Federal Health Care Executives Institute Alumni Association and the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. He is a house of delegates member of the American Medical Association and Regional Policy Board 3 of the American Hospital Association. Also, he serves as a member of the board of governors of the Armed Forces Radiological Research Institute and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and is on the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The general also is a past treasurer, member of the board of governors and president of the Society of Air Force Physicians.
In June 1968 General Sloan was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in October 1974 he was certified in his subspecialty of nephrology. He again was recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in October 1980. The general served as a nephrology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general and is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania.
General Sloan is a chief flight surgeon. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
He was promoted to lieutenant general Aug. 1, 1991, with same date of rank.