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Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command

 "Leaders Developing Leaders - It's Who We Are"

The Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command (NMLPDC) is the cornerstone of Navy Medicine’s professional training, leadership development, and education mission; maintaining collaborative relationships with more than 300 military and civilian higher learning institutions while annually supporting 3,000 Federal uniformed services, civilian, and allied foreign military members.

We are an echelon-4 command, located in Bethesda, MD reporting to the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and echelon-2 command through Naval Medical Forces Support Command (NMFSC), echelon-3 command located in San Antonio, Texas.  NMLPDC is located on the Navy Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda Campus.  Our command is comprised of military and civilian staff and eight directorates:  Administration, Officer Programs, Resources, Academic Programs, Leader Development, Visual Information Directorate, Tri-Service Optician School and Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS

To support the Warfighter by Developing Leaders and Their Professional Careers

Leader in Innovative Education and Training in Support of Mission Readiness to Project Medical Power

Leaders Developing Leaders

Command Address
Naval Medical Leader & Professional Development Command (NMLPDC)
8955 Wood Road
Bethesda, MD 20889-5611

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In 1823, Navy Surgeon Thomas Harris uses his "personal" income to establish a dissection laboratory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to teach medical students, and, specifically, newly commissioned Navy medical officers anatomy and operative surgery. Click
here to learn more about the history of Navy Medicine Education and training.

Commanding Officer - CAPT Katharine Shobe, MSC, USN (bio)
Executive Officer - CAPT Kennett D. Radford, NC, USN (bio)
Command Senior Enlisted Leader - HMCM (SW/AW/FMF) Atiba D. Mathlin, USN (bio)

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Leaders Developing Leaders




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