Captain Nimfa C. Teneza-Mora
United States Navy
Captain Nimfa Teneza-Mora was raised in Fort Washington, MD and attended the University of Maryland College Park, earning her B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1988. She worked as a design engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Space Technology for five years. She transitioned to a career in health care after earning her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA in 1997 under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She was commissioned as Lieutenant, Medical Corps, United States Navy in 1997. She completed internship in Internal Medicine at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 1998, and served as Senior Medical Officer at the Naval Weapons Station Branch Medical Clinic in Yorktown, VA from 1998-2002. She completed Internal Medicine residency at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD in 2004. Teneza-Mora finished her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in June, 2006 and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the San Diego State University in May, 2008.
As staff attending physician in infectious diseases and internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from July 2007 to September 2010, Teneza-Mora trained/supervised fellows and residents and managed inpatient consultations, hospital admissions, and clinic patient encounters. She served as Medical Officer Internal Medicine in the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Kuwait from January-August 2009 and as Medical Officer Internal Medicine aboard the USNS Mercy TAH-19 during Pacific Partnership 2010. In September 2010, she joined the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), Silver Spring, MD where she served as Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases Directorate, which has 21 active duty members, over 120 scientists and technicians and an annual budget of $24M. While serving as Deputy Chief of the Wound Infections Department, NMRC, Teneza-Mora established robust collaborations with investigators in the Naval Medical Research Unit-6 on a study of nosocomial infections in traumatic wounds in Peruvian hospitals and the collection/isolation of bacteriophages in Peru for investigational therapeutic and diagnostic applications. In 2015, she served as Director, Naval Medical Research Center Clinical Trials Center, and successfully led the execution of a highly complex Gates Foundation funded, multi-million dollar, critical phase 1 clinical trial which will inform vaccinologists on the biomarkers of protection of an effective experimental malaria vaccine. She also led a team of clinical investigators and study coordinators in conducting two pivotal phase 1 vaccine studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of a whole-sporozoite and gene-based malaria vaccine candidates. From July 2017 through October 2019, Teneza-Mora served as Executive Officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), the only DoD command in South America whose primary mission is to execute infectious diseases surveillance and medical product development to enhance force health protection of the warfighter.
In November 2019, Teneza-Mora assumed the role of Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Teneza-Mora is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is also adjunct faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.