Captain Christine L. G. Sears

 

Born in Norfolk, Va., Capt. Christine L. G. Sears received her Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989. She received her Medical Doctorate from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993.

After Sears completed a surgical internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1994, she reported to the USS McKee (AS-41), serving as the medical department head until 1996. Sears completed a urology residency in San Diego in 2001.

In 2001, Sears became the department head of urology at Naval Hospital (NH) Bremerton, and earned her certification in the American Board of Urology. She later deployed in 2003 as the staff urologist at Fleet Hospital 8 in Rota, Spain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her career then took her to National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, Md., where she was assistant chief of urology through 2006.

Sears completed a National Capitol Consortium fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2008. Upon completion, she returned to NNMC where she was the intern advisor and Head of Female Urology. She then served on the board of directors as president of the medical staff and was a member of the leadership team responsible for the base realignment and merger of Navy and Army medical resources to form the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). During this time, she was also a proctor for the Advanced Gynecology Laparoscopy course of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Hands-on Sling course, and served on the FDA GYN panel reviewing the safety of surgical mesh.

In 2011, Sears she became the Executive Assistant to the commander at WRNMMC. She served as the Executive Officer (Chief Operating Officer) for the NH Jacksonville enterprise, having oversight of day to day operations for a primary care network and military community hospital serving over 70 thousand beneficiaries, leading 2300 staff to provide outstanding health care and increase productivity. She was deployed as the Commanding Officer of the Medical Treatment Facility on board the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2015, leading governmental, non-governmental and international medical professionals to care for more than 120 thousand patients during an 11-country, 6-month deployment. She served as United States Naval Forces Southern Command Fleet Surgeon, providing medical support and oversight to Naval forces in Central and South America and medical engagement in the region. She currently serves as Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.

She has been published in the peer reviewed urology and female reconstructive surgery literature. Sears’ decorations include the National Defense Medal (two), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three), Meritorious Service Medal, (4) , Legion of Merit, and numerous academic awards.