Captain David V. Thomas, a native of New York City, enlisted in in the Navy in 1990. It was during his clinical training in Hospital Corps “A” School that he recognized his calling to become a Registered Nurse. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Minnesota, he was commissioned ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in June 1994.
At his first duty station in Naval Medical Center San Diego, he was assigned as a staff nurse on the Inpatient Psychiatry unit and Surgical Specialty ward.
During his naval career, Thomas has served in a wide variety of clinical, administrative, leadership and operational positions at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO), Japan, 1996-1998; Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) 1998-2001; 2nd Medical Battalion, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2001-2004; U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy, 2004-2007; USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), 2007-2009; NMCP, 2009-2012; Naval Hospital Bremerton, 2012-2016; and USNHO, 2016-2018.
While in Okinawa, Thomas served as the Director for Branch Clinics, in charge of primary care & ancillary service delivery to over 20,000 special operational forces, unit deployed personnel, family beneficiaries and Department of Defense contract employees across the III Marine Expeditionary Forces. His scope spanned across six geographically distinct Marine-Centered Medical Home Ports, two Patient-Centered Medical Home clinics, a Sports Medicine & Rehabilitative Treatment facility, and a Joint Forces Brig.
As faculty for the Clinic Management Course, Thomas has traveled worldwide to teach medical home efficiency techniques, enrollment, template management, and patient service. He also served as a board member for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses (AAACN) Tri-Service Special Interest Group. He is published in Nursing Economics and Military Medicine journals, and is also lauded as a key contributor for three international publications: Role of the RN in Ambulatory Care; Scope & Standards for Ambulatory Care (4th edition); and Ambulatory Care Certification Review Questions. Content Expert for AAACN, Thomas has twice been invited as a main stage podium speaker for the AAACN annual conferences – delivering talks on Reducing Preventable Readmissions and Implementing a Centralized Nurse Advice Line. Most notably, he served as the Navy Medicine Ambulatory Nursing Specialty Leader.
Thomas completed his Master’s in Public Administration/Health Care Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He maintains certifications in Emergency Nursing, Ambulatory Care, and Medical-Surgical Nursing. A certified Green Belt, he has initiated numerous Green Belt/ Lean Six Sigma projects & Rapid Improvement Events.
Thomas assumed his current position as executive officer, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas June 11, 2018.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and Combat Action Ribbon.