Navy Biography

Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III

Surgeon General
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III


A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Vice Adm. Forrest Faison received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed post-graduate training in general pediatrics at Naval Hospital San Diego and fellowship training in neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the University of Washington.

From 2013 to 2015, Faison served as the deputy surgeon general of the Navy and deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Prior to reporting to this assignment, he served as commander, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center (NMC) San Diego where he was responsible for medical care and support to over 850,000 eligible beneficiaries by a staff of 16,000 at 10 hospitals and over 30 clinics from the West Coast to the Indian Ocean. He coordinated the Navy Medicine support response to Operation Tomodachi, and was awarded the California Medical Community’s Lighthouse Award for visionary leadership and inspiring health innovation, a first for the Department of Defense.

Additionally, he served as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, for Current and Future Healthcare Operations; commanding officer Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; commanding officer, U.S. Expeditionary Medical Facility; and U.S. Medical Task Force, Kuwait. In that role, Faison led a tri-service task force of subordinate commands and was responsible for all healthcare operations in Kuwait, Qatar and Southern Iraq, including all medical logistics support throughout U.S. Central Command.

Faison’s other assignments included Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia.; Group Surgeon, 3d Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific; director of Department of Defense (DOD) Telemedicine, Washington D.C.; chief information officer, Navy Medicine; U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan; Naval Hospital Lemoore; USS Texas (CGN 39); and Amphibious Group 3.

Faison assumed duty as the 38th Surgeon General of the Navy Dec. 15, 2015.

Faison is board certified in pediatrics and is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has several publications on neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants as well as other publications and book chapters on the topics of the future of Wounded Warrior care and use of telemedicine and health informatics in healthcare. He is a senior member of the American College of Physician Executives. His personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (five awards); Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.


Updated: 16 December 2015