Captain Robert J. Hawkins
Nurse Corps, United States Navy
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center
Captain Robert Hawkins is the Commander for the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). He additionally is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a Nurse Researcher. He was Deputy Commander for the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center from 2017-2019. He was the Associate Director of Surgical Services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth from 2015 to 2017 and the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University from 2010 to 2014.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1983 and completed the Nuclear Power Training Program before serving on two submarines – the USS Sunfish and the USS Henry L. Stimson. After these tours were complete, Captain Hawkins was selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and was commissioned in 1993. In 1995, he completed an MBA from Webster University.
Captain Hawkins spent four years in the intensive care unit at Charleston Naval Hospital in South Carolina before he was selected for the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program. Once his training was complete, Captain Hawkins earned a Master of Science from Georgetown University and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He maintains an active practice at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He continued his education at Rush University, earning both a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Leadership and the Business of Healthcare and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2018 and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Public Health Practice in May of 2019.
Captain Hawkins has extensive leadership experience in the Military Health System. He completed a Masters of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies at the Navy War College. He was a staff nurse anesthetist at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida, the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia and the Fleet Surgical Team Eight. Captain Hawkins also completed wartime deployments onboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1), the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), and the USS Bataan (LHD-5). Furthermore, he is an experienced instructor holding education leadership positions as a clinical instructor, clinical site director, deputy program director, and chair and program director. Captain Hawkins currently serves as Principal Investigator or Associate Investigator on funded research projects.
Captain Hawkins has received many awards for his leadership and service including the Outstanding Master Faculty Award, The Faculty Leadership Award and the Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award for the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program at Portsmouth on three separate occasions. His personal military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (two awards).