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Executive Officer's Corner

Captain Elizabeth A. Montcalm-SmithCAPT Michele A. Kane 
Executive Officer
Nurse Corps
United States Navy

In 1986, Captain Kane entered into the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and went through the BDCP Commissioning Program.  Captain Kane, a native of Alabama, graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 1998, she attended the Honors Master’s program at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and in 1999 she earned her MSN in Nursing Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.  Captain Kane received her Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in cellular study related to Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Effects of Weapons Grade Tungsten Alloy in C2C12 and L6 Muscle Cell in 2008 from the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences.
Captain Kane was name selected to attend the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Fellowship at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 2010.  From 2011-2014, as the first Navy Chief of the Centers for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Captain Kane promoted, executed and monitored vital research activities, evidence-based practice development, and application of scientific knowledge in the largest Level III Joint Department of Defense
(DoD) Medical Center.  In 2014-2016, Captain Kane was the first Navy Nurse assigned as the Executive Assistant to Lieutenant General Douglas Robb, Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Arlington, Virginia.  She was name selected by the Nurse Corps Chief to participate on the FY13 Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives team. She led a key Navy Nurse Corps strategic initiative by developing a regional "Culture of Inquiry" and teaching evidence-based practice to more than 250 NCA nurses.  From 2106-2018, Captain Kane was the Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and was the driving force behind the development of the MHS High Reliability Operating Model designed to improve quality and eliminate preventable patient harm with execution points at DHA HQ that have drawn accolades from higher authority.   
She serves as an adjunct faculty member at multiple civilian universities and is a preeminent scientist, consultant and faculty for research schools and other educational programs within the National Capitol Region, Washington, DC.  She has been stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois, Newport, Rhode Island, Jacksonville, Florida, Keflavik, Iceland, and aboard the USNS Comfort, National Naval Medical Center.  She has also served as an Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General and many Flag Officers. Currently, Captain Kane is the executive officer of Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, supporting the primary mission to conduct gap driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of DoD personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations.
Captain Kane's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Naval Achievement Medals with Overseas Service Ribbon, in addition to various research and publication awards, unit and service medals.
Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio