CAPT. Guido F. ValdesCaptain Guido F. Valdes
Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic

Captain Guido F. Valdes is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami, Florida in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1992. Captain Valdes was a Navy Health Professions Scholarship recipient and upon graduation reported for active duty.
     After completing transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Captain Valdes reported as General Medical Officer of Branch Medical Clinic Gaeta, Italy (1993-1995).  He was then selected for residency training in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia (1995-1998), following which he served utilization tours as staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at U. S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy (1998-2001) and U. S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain (2001-2004).
     In 2004, Captain Valdes was assigned as faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.  In 2005, he deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom with II Marine Expeditionary Force as Officer in Charge of the Shock Trauma Platoon/Forward Resuscitative Surgical Suite at Camp Korean Village in Al-Anbar province, western Iraq. 
     Captain Valdes then received orders as Officer in Charge of Fleet Surgical Team SIX, deploying as Commander Amphibious Task Force Surgeon for USS BATAAN (LHD-5) Expeditionary Strike Group in support of the 22nd and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units (2007-2009). In 2009, he accepted orders as Riverine Group ONE Surgeon, supervising care and medical planning for expeditionary forces providing support for combat operations in Central Command and Theater Security and Cooperation programs in Southern and Pacific Command.
      Captain Valdes served Executive Officer tours at Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan (2012-2013) and Naval Hospital Pensacola (2013-2015).  He was the Commanding Officer of Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas from 2015 to 2017.  He served as NAVCENT/5th Fleet Surgeon from 2017-2019.  He currently serves as Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine East.
     Captain Valdes is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  Captain Valdes has qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Gold Star), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Gold Stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star), the Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign awards.
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