Clinton E. Adams, DO, will begin his new duties as the Dean of the
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at Western
University of Health Sciences on January 3, 2005. Adams is concluding a
distinguished 30-year career with the United States Navy where he
attained the rank of Rear Admiral and served as Command Surgeon, United
States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Prior assignments include service as Surgeon General to Allied
Command for Transformation (NATO), Joint Forces Command and Fleet Forces
Command. He worked with two four-star admirals and the office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs leading the strategic
and transformational changes in medical preparedness, future programming
for major equipment purchases, and manning for all medical deployments of
all military services.
Adams served as the Director of TRICARE Mid-Atlantic Region, a $3.2-
billion managed care support contract for services from Humana Military
Healthcare Services in support of nine regional medical facilities. He
served as chief executive officer of the Naval Medical Center in
Portsmouth, Virginia. This center was recognized for award-winning care
of 425,000 clients via a 320-bed complex tertiary care teaching facility
with 10 branch clinics, 3,500 obstetrical cases and 1.5 million
outpatient visits per year.
Adams also served as the chief executive of the Naval Hospitals in
Naples, Italy, Beaufort, South Carolina, and as the chief operating
officer and surgical director of the Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan.
“”Admiral Adams was the unanimous choice of the search committee at
COMP after a national search to fill the position,”” said Philip
Pumerantz, president of the university. Pumerantz added, “”I am confident
that Admiral Adams will bring the kind of leadership and wisdom that will
continue the founding traditions of COMP.””
Adams earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from the
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is fully trained and board
certified in anesthesiology, family practice, and health care
management. He has been a member of the American Osteopathic Association
since 1976 serving on a variety of committees.
For his military service Adams has been honored with many awards,
including: Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit
Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine
Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal (two awards) and Overseas
Ribbon (four awards). Among Adams’ numerous assignments is service as
the ship’s medical officer aboard the Trident Nuclear Submarine USS
Georgia, SSBN 728.
Admiral Adams was asked about his upcoming transition from the
military, “”After 30 years of applying the basic skills the osteopathic
profession granted to me in support of the health of America’s military
family, I have a need to return to the heart of our profession. The
osteopathic medical schools continue to bear a huge social, ethical and
moral responsibility to produce the best possible graduates this nation
deserves. We have a duty to the communities we live in to produce
caring, compassionate, lifelong learners.””