Commanding Officer

Darin K. Via
Medical Corps, United States Navy 

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A native of Illinois, Captain Via graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1987.  In 1985, he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman.  In 1987, he was discharged from the Navy Reserve and entered active duty as an Ensign at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1991. 

Via was assigned to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., as a transitional intern. He subsequently attended the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, Conn., and Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla.  He was assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO as department head and Diving Medical Officer, and also served on the Commodore’s staff of Combat Support Squadron EIGHT.  He received his Submarine Medical Officer Qualifications prior to returning to residency in 1995.

Via completed his residency in anesthesiology at the National Naval Medical Center in 1998, and fellowship training in trauma anesthesia at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, in 1999.  He returned to NNMC, where he served as staff anesthesiologist and assistant department head before reporting as Vice Chairman and Director of Education and Simulation, Department of Anesthesiology, Uniformed Services University.  Via served as department head on USNS Comfort, during Operation Noble Eagle following Sept. 11, 2001, and department head, Fleet Hospital THREE, Camp Viper, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Via was selected Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., in 2003, and service line leader, Operative Support, in 2004.  He then served as Director for Surgical Services from February 2007 to July 2009 when he deployed as Commanding Officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. There, he established the U.S. Navy as the lead nation, lead service of the multinational medical facility.  He also established and then served as the Commander of Task Force Medical South where he was responsible for all U.S. Forces Afghanistan echelon above brigade medical elements in southern Afghanistan.  He returned to assume duties as Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in November 2010.  

In June 2012, Via was selected to serve as COMPACFLT Surgeon, where he directed and oversaw all force health protection, warfighter mission medical readiness, and strategic medical efforts in the Pacific and served as the direct advisor to Commander, Pacific Fleet for all medical matters.  In October 2014, Via began serving a second command tour as Commanding Officer, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. 

Via’s professional activities include:  Associate Professor Uniformed Services University and prior service as an American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board Examiner.  He has also served in numerous leadership positions with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, including delegate to the Board of Directors and House of Delegates, and he served the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists as secretary, vice president and president.  He completed a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2014.   His personal awards include:  Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. 

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