Commander Marc D. Herwitz, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Following twelve years in private practice, Commander Herwitz received his commission as a Medical Service Corps officer in the United States Navy in May 2001. Commander Herwitz reported for duty, August 2001, to Naval Hospital Great Lakes where he provided eyecare services for Navy recruits, active duty, family members and retirees while serving as the Department Head of Optometry.
In July 2004, Commander Herwitz transferred to Naval Hospital Lemoore, California where he was appointed Director of Clinical Support Services and contributed to the hospital’s successful Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists (CAP) and AABB Laboratory reaccreditation and passage of FDA inspections for the blood bank and mammography programs.
In August 2007, Commander Herwitz was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Brunswick, Maine where he served as the clinic’s last Officer-in-Charge, directing healthcare services until closing the healthcare entity in March 2010 in accord with the Congressional Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005.
Commander Herwitz reported for duty in July 2011 at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL., whereas the Branch Clinic Head of the USS Red Rover, Branch Health Clinic 1523, he directed medical in-processing for approximately 40,000 new Navy recruits annually at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes. Additionally, he contributed as a member of the Lean Six Sigma team by facilitating numerous Lean projects impacting all six of the hospital’s campuses. In September 2014 he reported to Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity as Executive Officer and Training Officer of the Tri-Service Optician School.
Commander Herwitz is a 1988 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. He completed a Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2009 at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, where he graduated valedictorian. In 2011 he graduated from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College with a Master in Military Studies (MMS). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal as well as other service medals. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the American College of Healthcare Executives.