Meet the NMOTC Commanding Officer
CAPT Mark M. Goto
Medical Corps, United States Navy
Captain Goto is a native of Fresno, California. Of Japanese-American ancestry, his mother’s family witnessed the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his father’s family was interned in Arizona during World War II. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was commissioned in the Navy in 1989 as an Ensign in the Health Professions Scholarship Program at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. While in medical school, he was awarded research fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Deafness Research Foundation and conducted research in balance disorders. In May 1995, CAPT Goto received his Doctoral degree in Medicine and reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed his internship in Basic Surgery.
In May 1997, he was designated a U.S. Naval flight surgeon and reported to Carrier Airwing Seventeen, CVW-17, at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. He then embarked with his airwing aboard USS Eisenhower, CVN-69 for deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. During his tenure, CVW-17 attained the highest level of medical readiness in AIRLANT. CAPT Goto also earned his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification. Three months after his return from deployment, CAPT Goto deployed with his EA-6B squadron, VAQ-132 “Scorpions” to integrate with the U.S. Air Force 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Captain Goto was selected for training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and reported to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland in July 1999 where he completed his residency at the National Capital Consortium. Subsequently, Captain Goto earned his board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology.
He then reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan in August 2003 where he served as the Department Head of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He was elected as the Chair, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. He also served as Organ Transplant Liaison Officer with the Japan Organ Transplant Network.
Captain Goto reported to Naval Hospital Pensacola in September 2005 where he served in various positions including Chair, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and Director, Surgical Services. From October 2007 through December 2008, Captain Goto was rated among the top Otolaryngologists in the Navy for patient satisfaction. In 2008 he was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 where he served a Lead Advisor to the Afghan National Army Medical Corps and Liaison to USAid.
Captain Goto reported as Executive Officer to Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio June 2014.