Captain Kimberly Zuzelski, Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Forces PacificCaptain Kimberly A. Zuzelski
Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Captain Kimberly Zuzelski spent most of her school years in Colorado where she completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Accessioned into the U.S. Navy through the Healthcare Scholarship Collegiate Program, Zuzelski commissioned as an ensign in July 1994.

Operationally, Zuzelski deployed to Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Kuwait for six months in 2004 as a dietitian in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From June 2012 to June 2013, she deployed as the director for administration to the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Zuzelski’s first duty station was Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Illinois, where she served as a dietitian and assistant department head in nutrition management. Selected for full-time duty under instruction, Zuzelski completed her Master of Science in clinical nutrition through Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois in 1998. She reported to U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam in 1998 where she transitioned government management of medical food services to a contractor. In 2001, Zuzelski transferred to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, California, and served as the nutrition management department head. During this tour, her staff earned the command’s first Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award with a five-star rating for achieving the highest level of service. She also attained national board certification as a diabetes educator and served as the director of ancillary services. In June 2004, Zuzelski transferred to Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington, serving as head of patient education, which included case management, patient education, health promotion, and clinical nutrition services. While there, she deployed to Kuwait, achieved national board certification as a specialist in sports dietetics, and was selected as deputy director of branch clinics.

From June 2007 to April 2010, Zuzelski served at USNH Okinawa, Japan, as nutrition management department head and then as quality management lead. She completed her master’s degree in public health with a leadership focus through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, and obtained a secondary subspecialty code in healthcare administration. From 2008 to 2011, she also served as the dietetics specialty leader to the Navy Surgeon General. In 2010, she returned to Naval Hospital Bremerton as a dietitian before selection as the director for administration during the incumbent’s one-year deployment before her own 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

In July 2014, Zuzelski reported to the Chief of Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, as the healthcare clinician and senior Medical Service Corps detailer for nearly 2,500 officers. In April 2016, Zuzelski was selected as Naval Hospital Bremerton’s executive officer and the commanding officer for a 150-bed EMF, leading her team to certification as the first Tier I platform in over a decade. During this tour, she became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and helped lead the successful deployment of the DoD’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS. Zuzelski served as commanding officer at Naval Health Clinic Hawaii from 2018 to 2020, overseeing construction of the state-of-the-art 97,000 square-foot Branch Health Clinic Kaneohe Bay and leading a team that received the 2019 DoD Healthcare Quality Award. She assumed her current duties as deputy commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific, in July 2020.

Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards).
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