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    NMCP Staff Member Wins MHS Navy Senior Female Physician of the Year

    NMCP Staff Member Wins MHS Navy Senior Female Physician of the Year

    Photo By Seaman Imani Daniels | PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 24, 2019) Congratulations are in order for the 2019 Military...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Imani Daniels 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 24, 2019) Congratulations are in order for the 2019 Military Health System (MHS) Navy Senior Female Physician Leadership Award winner, Cmdr. Marilisa Elrod, the associate director for Professional Education (ADPE) and a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). Elrod will be receiving the award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OSD/HA), at the annual Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS) meeting on Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C.

    The award was established to honor outstanding female physicians who have made significant contributions to the practice of Military Medicine and who have served as exemplary role models for other female physicians. The overall objective is to advance the cause of women in Military Medicine and to provide role models who will motivate the next generation of physician leaders. It is based upon four areas: major achievements in the nominee’s primary medical field, contributions to enhancing the role of women in medicine, leadership ability, and community service or involvement in professional medical organizations.

    “Winning this award is an honor; I’ve been nominated previously,” Elrod said. “Every time I was nominated, it was a big honor because it showed the confidence that my chain of command had for me. Now that I’ve been given this award, I feel it comes with an even greater responsibility to mentor junior female physicians and make sure that they have a path they can see for themselves.”

    This accolade is one of many that have been awarded to Elrod throughout her career. Elrod, who is a class of 1996 Naval Academy graduate, has received many honors and firsts for her experiences and time in Navy Medicine. Graduating from the Naval Academy, Elrod commenced ninth, but was the first varsity athlete graduate, as well as the first female graduate to be awarded the British Marshall Scholarship, which is a scholarship awarded by the British government to 40 graduating college students nationwide, and completed a degree at Cambridge University. She was the first person to graduate from the Ohio State University’s Medical Scientist Program with a PhD in Biostatistics. Elrod was also the 12th woman in Navy history to receive the Submarine Warfare insignia, or “dolphins,” which is issued to naval personnel after they complete a complex, demanding and extensive program that incorporates learning each system aboard a submarine.

    “I spent three years as the medical department head at Naval Submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor in Hawaii,” Elrod said. “It was expected that anyone in that position would go through the qualifications and earn submarine dolphins; the fact that I was a female did make things more challenging, as there were rules at the time that prevented women from being stationed or deployed on submarines.”

    Elrod has served at several military treatment facilities (MTFs), including an internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., a pediatric residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. She has been at NMCP for four years, previously served as the head of the division of Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and the Director of Research for the Department of Pediatrics, and currently serves as ADPE.

    “Being at NMCP has impacted my career greatly,” Elrod said. “When I first arrived, I didn’t have a network. It was a challenge to find my path, but NMCP has afforded me many opportunities and there are some amazing people here that have been very supportive of my career.”

    Elrod believes her physician-scientist education and Navy background have complemented each other very well during her time at NMCP.

    “Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is one of the three large training platforms in the Navy that provides healthcare professionals to man the fleet,” Elrod said. “As Graduate Medical Education is a primary mission at NMCP, research and teaching are required and supported in addition to clinical duties. It has been my mission as ADPE to support researchers to increase their productivity and improve the quality of their scholarly products.”

    As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area's 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.



    Date Taken: 10.24.2019
    Date Posted: 10.28.2019 10:15
    Story ID: 349463
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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