Captain Dennis J. Faix
United States Navy
Captain Faix graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1996, and completed a three year tour as a General Medical Officer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Iwakuni, Japan in 2000. Dr. Faix then obtained a Master of Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences with emphases in Health Care Administration and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
In 2002, after graduating from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Preventive Medicine Residency, Dr. Faix was stationed at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit-FIVE, San Diego where he deployed as Officer in Charge of a Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit in Al Asad, Iraq, performing theater-wide public health support for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.
From 2006-2012 he was assigned to the Department of Respiratory Disease Research, Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), San Diego where he led surveillance and research efforts for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of operationally relevant infectious diseases such as adenovirus, influenza and norovirus. During this time he was instrumental to the FDA-approval and reëstablishment of the adenovirus vaccine among all military recruits, the identification of the first two cases of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza, and the national response to the pandemic. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an individual augmentee, serving as the theater Preventive Medicine consultant for Operation Iraqi Freedom for 8 months in 2008.
CAPT Faix was then seconded to the World Health Organization where he worked in Alert and Response Operations, Division of Communicable Disease, Health Security, and Environment at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe as the WHO/Europe advocate and liaison for civil-military interaction, specifically working in public health surveillance and capacity building in member states under the International Health Regulations (2005) and in support of the Global Health Security Agenda.
From 2014-2017 he served as the Director of Military Population Health and led the DoD Center for Deployment Health Research at the NHRC, and was the principal investigator of the Millennium Cohort Study, the largest prospective cohort study in military history.
From 2017-2019 Capt. Faix served as the head of Clinical Research for Naval Medical Research Unit-TWO, Phnom Penh, Cambodia where his research interests included the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of operationally relevant health issues with the goal of keeping service members and their families healthy.
In June, 2019 Capt. Faix reported as the Executive Officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.