Navy Biography

Rear Adm. David A. Lane

Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate

Rear Adm. David A. Lane


Originally from Orlando, Florida, Rear Adm. David Lane enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and has remained on continuous active duty ever since—serving as a hospital corpsman, a naval flight officer flying EA-6B Prowlers, a family physician and a medical leader. Lane has received education and professional training at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1981), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (Class of 1991), Yale University School of Medicine, the U.S. Naval War College and the National Defense University, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

During his 30 years in Navy Medicine, Lane has served on the clinical staffs at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington; Naval Health Clinic Groton, Connecticut; Naval Medical Center San Diego; the National Naval Medical Center; U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain; Naval Health Clinic Newport, Rhode Island; U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; and Tripler Army Medical Center, and Camp Lejeune. He also served as aide to the surgeon general of the Navy.

Operationally, Lane spent much of 2004-2012 serving as a command surgeon with the Marines in the Pacific Area of Operations, including group surgeon with 3D Marine Logistics Group, Force Surgeon with III Marine Expeditionary Force and Force Surgeon with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. He deployed multiple times with Okinawa-based Marines as the senior medical leader for disaster relief missions, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, an earthquake in Pakistan, an earthquake in central Indonesia, cyclones and mudslides in the Philippines and floods in Bangladesh. His tours in Okinawa were followed by consecutive assignments in Honolulu, first as deputy commander for Clinical Services at Tripler Army Medical Center (2008-2010), then as force surgeon, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (2010-2012). As force surgeon, he was instrumental in concept development and initial implementation of the Marine Centered Medical Home and he oversaw health services for the Marine Corps during Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. government’s disaster relief effort in Japan following a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown.

During out-service training as a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at Yale University School of Medicine (1994-1996), Dr. Lane was awarded the Henry Christian Award for excellence in clinical research by the American Federation of Medical Research and he received teaching honors from the Middlesex Community Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut. Additionally, he is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the U.S. Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit and a Fleet Marine Force qualified officer.

Lane became the director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate in May 2016 after briefly serving as director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He previously served as the medical officer of the Marine Corps (TMO) at Marine Corps Headquarters from September 2014 until January 2016, and as the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from June 2012 through August 2014.

Lane’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and both the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He was promoted to flag rank August, 1 2014.


Updated: 17 August 2016