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.
He is board certified in General Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of its sections on Hospital Medicine and Uniformed Service. He is an active researcher with an interest in common diseases seen in primary care. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
CAPT McLean has served in a variety of leadership positions beyond his command. He represented pediatrics on the BUMED Evidenced Based Health Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009 and guided perinatal policy as a member of the BUMED Perinatal Advisory Board from 2008-2013. He also served as Division Head of the Academic Primary Care Pediatric Division at NMCP from 2009-2011 where he deployed the medical home model while advancing resident accessible research studies. His expertise led to his selection to the MHS-DHA Pediatric Integrated Product Team that informed policy decisions for Congressional considerations on TRICARE benefit change for children and developed staffing models for perinatal care across Navy Medicine. CAPT McLean’s deployments include Operation Continuing Promise (2009), Operation Unified Response, Haiti (2010) and African Partnership Station (2012) aboard the HSV2 SWIFT and contributed to Continuing Promise 2018 during its stop in Honduras.
His personal awards include a two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal. He is qualified as a Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer.
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