Captain Guido F. Valdes, on Aug. 27, 2015, became the 38th commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi in its 74 year history.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Valdes graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami, Florida in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1992. Valdes was a Navy Health Professions Scholarship recipient and upon graduation reported for active duty.
After completing transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Valdes reported as General Medical Officer of Branch Medical Clinic Gaeta, Italy (1993-1995). During this assignment, Valdes deployed twice in support of Sixth Fleet operations onboard USS Spartanburg County (LST 1192) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
Valdes was then selected for residency training in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia (1995-1998), following which he served utilization tours as staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at U. S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy (1998-2001) and U. S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain (2001-2004).
In 2004, he was assigned as faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2005, he deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom with II Marine Expeditionary Force as officer in charge of the Shock Trauma Platoon/Forward Resuscitative Surgical Suite at Camp Korean Village in Al-Anbar province, western Iraq.
Valdes then served as officer in charge of Fleet Surgical Team SIX, deploying as Commander Amphibious Task Force Surgeon for USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group in support of the 22nd and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units (2007-2009). In 2009, he accepted orders as Riverine Group ONE Surgeon, supervising care and medical planning for expeditionary forces providing support to combat operations in Central Command and Theater Security and Cooperation programs in Southern and Pacific Command.
Valdes served executive officer tours at Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan (2012-2013) and Naval Hospital Pensacola (2013-2015).
Valdes is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign awards.