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CAPT Tepera - CO NMRTC Pear Harbor

Captain Christopher M. Tepera
Medical Corps / United States Navy
Commanding Officer of Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command
Pearl Harbor
Captain Tepera, a native of Monroe, NC, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a Concentration in Medical Humanities from Davidson College in 1995 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University in 2000. He completed a General Surgery internship at National Naval Medical Center in 2001. He then reported to the Naval Aeromedical Institute for training as a Naval Flight Surgeon followed by a flight surgery utilization tour with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225, the Vikings. During his operational tour he deployed to the Western Pacific in 2002 and 2004 and to Kuwait in support of the air campaign of Operation Southern Watch/Iraqi Freedom. He then completed a Urology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008.

Captain Tepera’s first utilization tour as a Urologist was at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. In addition to clinical responsibilities as the sole Urologist for the command, he served as the Department Head for General Surgery and acting Director of Surgical Services.

In 2011, Captain Tepera reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where he served as Staff Urologist, Chair of the Awards Board, acting Director of Surgical Services and as the inaugural Command Chief Experience Officer. As Chief Experience Officer he was instrumental in numerous patient centered programs to improve the overall experience of care in the facility.

Captain Tepera transferred to Naval Hospital Bremerton in 2014 where he served as Director of Surgical Services, Department Head of the Urology Clinic, lead for the Puget Sound Military Health System Surgical Consortium and Interim Commanding Officer of the facilities deployable platform, Expeditionary Medical Facility NOVEMBER.

In 2018, he reported as Executive Officer of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, Lemoore, California where he oversaw day to day operations of the Medical Treatment Facility onboard the Navy’s West Coast Master Jet Base. While in this role, the command transitioned to the Defense Health Agency and underwent a highly successful deployment of the Department of Defense’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS as well as reaccreditation by the Joint Commission.

Captain Tepera assumed command of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pearl Harbor in June 2020.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, Captain Tepera is also a member of the American Urologic Association. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in addition to other personal and unit awards.
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