Military Bios

Rear Admiral Christine S. Hunter:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Medical Corps Chief of Staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Rear Admiral Hunter is a native of Worcester, Mass. After completing both undergraduate and medical studies at Boston University, Rear Adm. Hunter was awarded her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine Degrees with honors in 1980. She served as an intern at Boston University Medical Center before reporting to her first duty station as Senior Medical Officer aboard USS Hunley (AS-31) in Holy Loch, Scotland.
In 1983, she transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego for her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. She is board certified in all three fields. Rear Adm. Hunter is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and holds membership in the American Societies of Hematology and Clinical Oncology. She has also served as chairperson of the national ACP Postgraduate Education Subcommittee.
In 1992, Rear Adm. Hunter became Assistant Chairman of Internal Medicine at San Diego and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. From 1995 until 1998 Rear Adm. Hunter was assigned as Director, Medical Services at Naval Medical Center San Diego. During that tour she redesigned primary care services to include a new Family Practice Clinic, developed the Navyís Medicare Subvention project, and edited the Medical Centerís first comprehensive business plan.
Serving as Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General from 1998 until 2000, Rear Adm. Hunter facilitated communication across Navy Medicine. In this position, she worked to define best clinical and business practices in primary care, foster physician retention, ensure consistent delivery of the TRICARE benefit, and enhance Navy Medicineís service to the fleet.
In October 2000, Rear Adm. Hunter assumed command of Naval Hospital Bremerton. Under her leadership, the hospital was successfully surveyed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Family Medicine Residency received a five year accreditation renewal, access to care was enhanced, and facilities improved. She led the staff to rapid recovery from an earthquake which required hospital evacuation and ensured the successful deployment of Fleet Hospital 8 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While serving as Pacific Fleet Surgeon from July 2003 to July 2004, Rear Adm. Hunter developed the Concept of Operations for resuscitative surgery aboard small combatant ships engaged in the global war on terrorism. Rear Adm. Hunter is currently serving as Chief of Staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Rear Adm. Hunterís personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
Effective: 27 May 2005


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