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Captain McLean graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elmira College in 1994 with a BA in Biology-Chemistry before matriculating in the combined M.D.-Ph.D. program at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He defended his Ph.D. thesis in the field of cardiac development with honors in November, 1999 and graduated with both degrees in 2001. He received his commission on September 14, 2001 via the Navy Financial Assistance Program and completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, NY. He reported to Patuxent River Naval Health Clinic in 2004 followed by Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP) in 2006. While at NHCP he redesigned the pediatric curriculum for the family practice residency program, and was recognized as teacher of the year before reporting to Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth (NMCP) in 2008 as the Division Head for Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric GME faculty. He saw pediatrics through the challenging transition to the primary care medical home care model while also serving as the Medical Director for the busiest nursery in the Navy. He served as Vice-President of the Medical Staff from 2013-2014 before his appointment to the Command Executive Board as Director, Healthcare Business from January 2014 through March, 2019. He managed TRICARE benefit delivery for 160,000 beneficiaries and 45,000 operational assigned sailors and developed unique business tools to maximize provider utilization. During his tenure he streamlined referral processes, increased enrollment to the MTF by 15,000 patients and was the primary command liaison to the enhance Multi-Service Market during a challenging time of tri-service market integration. In 2019 he joined the USS KEARSARGE (LHD3) as the Medical Department Head and Senior Medical Officer successfully transitioning it through a difficult maintenance period and basic phase certifications markedly complicated by COVID19 pandemic.
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After obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Southern Illinois University in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Central Missouri State University in 1997, he began his career with the Minnesota Department of Health prior to obtaining his commission in 1999. CAPT Schiermeier completed his first assignment at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 5. During this tour he received two research awards from the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery forfleet design reconstruction of composite ventilation and engineering-noise controls onboard amphibious ships. Following completion of this tour he reported to Regional Support Organization San Diego in 2001 where he served as the Staff Industrial Hygiene Officer, and received the Chief of Naval Operations award for achievements in afloat occupational safety and health. In 2005 he reported to USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) as the command Safety and Environmental Compliance Officer. In 2006 he received the Admiral Vern Clark Safety Award for his accomplishments.
Master Chief Dennis is a native of Bridgeport, Texas. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1995. He completed Recruit Training at Great Lakes, IL, Hospital Corpsman "A" School at Naval School of Health Sciences San Diego, CA, and Field Medical Service School in Camp Pendleton CA.
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