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Nadja West

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Nadja West, M.D, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.) and 44th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army

Dr. Nadja Y. West is a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army, the 44th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and the former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. Previously, she was the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon, where she acted as chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and coordinated all related health services issues, including operational medicine, force health protection, and readiness within the military.


West has served in combat deployment as well as in leadership positions in multiple hospitals both in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters.


West is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and earned her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She has completed residencies in both family medicine and dermatology.