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Captain Kevin Knoop, Commanding Officer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) 

CAPT CAPT Kevin J. Knoop was born in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up in a Navy family where his father, Cmdr. John Knoop, was a naval aviator who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.   

CAPT Knoop was awarded an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1985.  He completed a Transitional Internship at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia in 1986.

Following designation as Flight Surgeon in 1987, CAPT Knoop was assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba, as Director, Leeward Point Branch Clinic, and Flight Surgeon, GTMO Naval Air Station and Fleet Composite Squadron 10 where he logged more than 200 hours in various Naval aircraft to include the TA-4J Skyhawk, UH-1N Huey and the C-12.

After completing residency training in Emergency Medicine at University of Cincinnati in 1993, he returned to Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth (NMCP).  Serving as Assistant Program Director from 1994 - 1997 and Program Director from 1997 - 2002, where his emergency residency program grew to become the first five year Residency Review Committee (RRC) accredited program in the country.

Selected as Director, Professional Education in 2002, CAPT Knoop was responsible for the oversight of NMCP’s 14 medical and dental residency programs with more than 250 residents, the health sciences library, medical illustration and photography, nursing research, clinical investigation and research, staff education and training and a state of the art Healthcare Simulation Center. During his tenure, he personally motivated, trained and/or mentored more than 1,000 Medical Corps officers that have graduated from his intern and residency programs.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Captain Knoop deployed with CLR 25 as Officer in Charge of Taqqadum (TQ) Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon that treated approximately 400 injuries in the combat zone.  He was among the Navy’s first to complete the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer program and then serve as senior FMFQO board member while assigned to a combat zone.

CAPT Knoop served as Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, from May 2009 to July 2011. He oversaw the hospital’s successful H1N1 pandemic response, delivered state of the art health care to 55,000 beneficiaries, cultivated a milieu of patient safety with zero sentinel events, and was the linchpin for liaison with host nation hospitals serving beneficiaries with advanced care. He directly oversaw every aspect of the MTF response to the Great East Earthquake, Tsunami and radiologic disasters, including potassium iodine administration to over 30,000, risk communication to vulnerable populations and internal monitoring.

As Force Surgeon, III MEF, Okinawa Japan from 2011-2012, Captain Knoop provided health service support to the Marines and Sailors of III MEF for operational exercises and Humanitarian Assistance for over 30 exercises across Asia to include major bi-lateral exercises with Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia, providing essential support of PACOM’s Theater Security Cooperation and Cooperative Health Engagement Strategy. He spearheaded USMC’s best quality assurance programs, and was instrumental in implementing Marine-Centered Medical Home, improving Garrison care and patient safety for over 18,000 Marines.

CAPT Knoop has authored over 40 publications, is a recognized international speaker in Emergency Medicine and is senior author of a major Emergency Medicine textbook.  He has two children and is married to Mary Jo Chandler, his High School sweetheart and graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Physicians Assistant program.

CAPT Knoop‘s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards).

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