Commander Thomas W. "Bill" Nipper II, MD

Executive Officer, Naval Medical Readiness and Training Center Camp Pendleton

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Commander Nipper earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1989 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Upon graduation he began his career as a General Engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy, Defense Programs.  Desiring more hands-on engineering experience, he returned to the private sector in 1990 as an Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer with TRW Steering and Suspension Systems.

In 1996 yet another career change called and he made the decision to leave engineering and pursue a career in medicine.  He matriculated to the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, Memphis, TN in 1999 under the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program.  Upon graduation in 2003, he was commissioned a Lieutenant and reported on active duty to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia for post graduate training.

CDR Nipper completed a Transitional internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2004 and then reported to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan as a General Medical Officer in the Family Medicine clinic.  During his GMO tour, he volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan as an embedded training team member in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In this role he was primarily responsible for training Afghan National Army medical providers.  It was during this deployment that CDR Nipper made the decision to become a career Naval Officer.  Subsequently, he redeployed to Naval Hospital Yokosuka to finish his GMO tour. 

In 2007, CDR Nipper returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth to complete a residency in Anesthesiology, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.  In August 2010, CDR Nipper reported once again to Naval Hospital Yokosuka as a staff anesthesiologist, serving two years as Department Head of Anesthesia.  During that assignment, he also completed a six-month deployment aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) as the ship’s anesthesiologist, qualifying as a Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer.

In 2014, CDR Nipper reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton as a staff anesthesiologist.  He served as Anesthesia Department Head from 2017 to 2018 and as Director of Surgical Services from 2018 to 2021.  He currently serves as acting Executive Officer.  CDR Nipper is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.  He is married and has five children, ages 8-24. 
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