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Captain Frederick J. McDonald

Captain McDonald assumed command of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, WA on August 15, 2014.

A native of Lawrenceville, NJ, he developed his fascination with medicine at an early age and began his journey with the completion of undergraduate training in 1984, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tampa. In 1989 he received a Bachelor of Science in Optometric Science and Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. After completion of his Optometry training, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps and reported to Officer Indoctrination School, NETC, Newport, RI. He graduated with Military Distinction. After five years of naval service and a desire to be more involved in healthcare, he applied for medical school and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Accepted for both, he graduated in 1998 from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy by his father, CWO4 Thomas H. McDonald, Jr., USN (RET).

His many assignments include: Staff Optometrist and Head, Military Medicine Optometry Clinic, Submarine Contact Lens Program, Low Vision and Visual Therapy Services, Naval Hospital, Groton, CT; Staff Optometrist and Assistant Department Head, Optometry Department, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA. In 1998, after completion of medical school, he received orders back to Camp Pendleton to begin Family Medicine Internship, and continued on as a resident. He was selected as “Intern of the Year” and Chief Resident. He completed residency in 2001 and reported to the USS BOXER LHD-4, home ported in San Diego, CA, where he served as the Senior Medical Officer. He joined the ship on their Western Pacific deployment and was between Hawaii and California when 911 occurred. His second deployment with BOXER was in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2003 he reported to Branch Medical Clinic, Mayport, FL as the Senior Medical Officer and Director for Clinical Services. He assumed duties as Acting, Officer in Charge in February 2004. He reported as the Non-surgical Specialty Assignment Officer, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) in 2005. In 2006 he deployed as an Individual Augmentee after being hand-picked by the Commander, Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait. He served as Director, Outpatient Clinical Services, where he provided oversight to eight Medical and Dental Troop Clinics throughout Kuwait and Qatar. He returned to detailing and transferred to Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi in July 2007, where he served as the Director Health Services. He reported for duty as the Command Surgeon, National Defense University in 2008 and earned a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy with an emphasis in Military Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2010. On completion of his Master’s Degree he transferred back to Naval Personnel Command at the request of the Chief, Medical Corps. He served as the Senior Medical Assignment Officer and provided oversight of all Medical Corps assignments, specifically surgical specialty assignments and executive medical assignments. In June 2012 he reported to Naval Health Clinic, Patuxent River, MD.

Active in numerous professional and military organizations, he is a Burroughs Welcome Award Recipient, recipient of the Richard E. Eby Leadership Scholarship, Dean’s Student Government Award, Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California Award, Dean’s Award, President’s Award, and was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. McDonald holds several Additional Qualification Designators (AQDs) and earned his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer’s Pin on 2002.

His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other service and unit awards.