Thursday, October 6, 2011
VADM Donald F. Hagen, Surgeon General (1991-1995)
Donald F. Hagen joined the Navy in 1964. He then served in Vietnam as a battalion surgeon with the Marines, aboard the hospital ship USS Repose, and as a surgeon in the Mekong Delta. Following a series of shore assignments at naval hospitals, Dr. Hagen became Commander of the National Naval Medical Center. As Surgeon General, his experience in operational medicine enabled the Medical Department to meet unprecedented demands for operational medical support for peacekeeping, humanitarian missions, and disaster relief. Navy medical personnel were deployed to Zagreb, Croatia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort in support of Haitian migrants. VADM Hagen was instrumental in the implementation of advanced telemedicine throughout Navy medicine, and was an outspoken advocate of health promotion and disease prevention.