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Deputy Commander

Naval Medical Research Command, Silver Spring, Maryland

Captain Michael Tiller, a Wisconsin native, attended the University of Dallas in Texas and received a BA in 1990. After graduating, he took a position as a laboratory research technician at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He completed his medical degree in 1997 at Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois, and matched in General Surgery Residency.  While in residency at New York Medical College, New York City in 2001, Dr. Tiller accepted a direct commission as a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps.
Tiller completed his residency in 2002 and entered active naval service as a staff General Surgeon at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples, Italy. In 2004, he became Department Head of Surgery and Endoscopy at USNH Naples. From Italy he deployed to Al Qaim, Iraq from August 2005 to March 2006, assigned to Forward Resuscitative Surgical System (FRSS) 4, supporting Marine Task Force 3/6. While there, he became Fleet Marine Force (FMF) qualified.  Dr. Tiller was next sent to National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda where he coordinated all Department of Surgery research.
Tiller served two deployments while stationed at NMMC.  In 2008, he deployed to Al Anbar, Iraq as Officer in Charge (OIC) of FRSS 1 (mobile) supporting Marine combat operations in the Al Jazeera Desert, along the Euphrates River. Returning to NNMC in 2009, Tiller became a guest researcher at the Forest Glenn Research Facility of Naval Medical Research Center. In Aug 2010 Tiller deployed to Afghanistan, supporting Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A), and leading a forward surgical element with the German Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kunduz. After returning from Afghanistan, Tiller was selected as Surgery Department Head and Deputy Director of Surgical Services for Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the National Capitol Region (NCR). In 2014, Tiller deployed to CENTCOM as AOIC of Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System, supporting Naval and Marine Corps operations around the Horn of Africa and Arabian Gulf and Peninsula. In 2016, Tiller completed his tour as Deputy Director of Surgery at Fort Belvoir and the Navy competitively selected him for advanced trauma training. He completed his fellowship in 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Tiller reported to Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU) San Antonio in 2018 as a research physician and led a department producing operationally relevant research on shelf stable blood substitutes and directed energy health effects. In addition to his research assignment in San Antonio, Tiller clinically worked as a Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas, the Department of Defense’s only Level 1 Trauma & Burn Center.  In 2019, he led the largest Naval Expeditionary Medical Unit supporting Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) inn Iraq and in the Kurdish Regional Government area, supporting coalition operations in Erbil, Iraq and Syria. Returning to San Antonio, Tiller rejoined staff at BAMC and served as the Trauma service liaison officer between the Trauma Service at BAMC and the ISR Burn Center in addition to his assignment as Deputy Director, Combat Casualty Care and Expeditionary Resuscitative Medicine directing military relevant research on walking blood banking and directed energy at NAMRU SA. In September 2022, Tiller was competitively selected for Navy Medical Executive leadership and in May 2023 Tiller reported as Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Research Command.
Tiller has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, as well as other unit and campaign awards (Afghanistan, Iraq and OIR).


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