​Commanding Officer




A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Captain Joel Roos holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of California, Davis, an M.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, an MBA from Brenau University, and a Masters in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. CAPT Roos is trained in Undersea Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

In 1990 Roos reported to Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan, where he earned his Submarine Medical Officer Qualification. Roos then transferred to Submarine Squadron 3 to provide similar expertise to the San Diego submarine and diving community. After completing his Emergency Medicine Residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1998 he remained on faculty, serving as the Emergency Department Research Director.

In 2002 Roos transferred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, to serve as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine. In 2004 he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the Officer in Charge of a 12-bed medical facility. While deployed, he developed a unified emergency medical service plan for all Kuwait Military bases and universal mass casualty plan for the U.S. State Department.

In 2005 Roos was appointed by the Navy Surgeon General as the Navy Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader where he positively impacted satisfaction and retention among the Emergency Medicine community, and was instrumental in the transition of Navy Medicine’s wartime global deployment process. In 2007 Roos served as the Director for Primary Care and Branch Health Clinics at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

In 2009 Roos assumed the duties as the Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he supervised a staff of 6,200 personnel, leading the command in the achievement of several significant milestones. In 2011 Roos became the Deputy Chief, Navy Medical Corps at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, providing senior oversight and mentorship of the Navy Medical Corps to include medical policy development, graduate medical education and physician recruitment.

In January 2013 Roos assumed Command of the Navy Medicine Training Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, providing education and training support for 600 staff and more than 6000 initial entry, advanced technical and professional students per year.

In 2014 Roos transferred to Yokosuka, Japan as the Fleet Surgeon, Commander Seventh Fleet. In this role, he is responsible for operational medical planning and execution, plus theater security cooperation engagements throughout the Western Pacific.

His personal awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, plus unit commendations and awards.

Commanding Officer
Naval Medical Center San Diego




Executive Officer:
Captain Shannon J. Johnson

Command Master Chief:
Master Chief Patrick Mangaran