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Captain Cynthia J. Gantt, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine East



Captain Gantt is a native of Temple City, CA.  She attended Sonoma State University, CA where she received a Bachelor of Science and later a Master of Science degree in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). She was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1990. In 2000, she was selected to attend full-time duty under instruction, and received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Nursing from the University of San Diego in 2002.

Captain Gantt was the first FNP assigned to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA. She also served as a primary care manager (PCM) at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan from 1994-97.  She then transferred to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where she was a PCM and held an adjunct faculty member appointment from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine as a member of the Family Medicine Residency Program.

After completing her PhD, Captain Gantt was assigned as the first department head of Population Health at Naval Medical Center San Diego. During this tour she was an instructor in Navy Medicine’s Clinic Management Course, and was a charter member of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Evidence Based Healthcare Advisory Board.  She next served as the Director, Population Health and Medical Management, TRICARE Management Activity, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) in Washington DC from 2005-08. During this joint service assignment, Captain Gantt led a team that developed enterprise-wide policies and programs related to health promotion, disease management, and case management for wounded ill and injured service members and their families.

In 2008, she reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam as the Senior Nurse Executive/Director of Nursing Services at this isolated high-acuity facility.  In 2011, she returned to Twentynine Palms as the Executive Officer, Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. 

In August 2013, Captain Gantt became the Commanding Officer at Naval Hospital Lemoore, Naval Air Station, Lemoore CA.   She led her command during unprecedented successes such as the CONUS Hospital Optimization Initiative transition of inpatient and urgent care services to an ambulatory surgery model with expanded Medical Home Port access.  This major transition also included an agreement with a civilian hospital for deliveries and complex surgeries by Navy surgeons. She spearheaded the first Fleet-Centered Medical Home at the flight line clinic, and oversaw a successful Joint Commission reaccreditation survey.  She was the founding co-chair of Executive Management Teams with the Veterans Administration Central (Fresno) California and Sierra Nevada (Reno, NV) Health Care Systems that oversaw the command’s first Joint Incentive Fund Sleep Study project and a master sharing agreement. 

She was assigned to her current billet as the Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine East in August 2015.

Captain Gantt is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She received the 2010 American Hospital Association Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence and the 2011 AANP State Award for Excellence (Pacific U.S. Territory). In 2013, she became an honorary Chief Petty Officer. 

Captain Gantt’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.