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Bob Kiser, MD, MBA, MA, MSS, FAAFP

Bob Kiser

Dr. Bob Kiser was born in Tachikawa AFB, Japan into a career Army family. After graduating from Miami Killian Senior High School in Miami, Florida, he attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology and the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1978. He has also earned a Master of Arts in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University in 1993, a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College in 2004, a Master in Business Administration degree from Western Governors University in 2006, and a Master of Ministry degree from Newburgh Theological Seminary in 2007.

He has been in the Navy for most of his adult life, joining as a medical student and eventually retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2012 after 30+ years of service. He held a wide range of jobs during his time in the Navy, including assignments as a staff physician both at sea and at various shore facilities, a faculty physician at various teaching hospitals, the Director of Residency Training at the largest Family Medicine residency in the Navy, and selection as the Family Medicine Specialty Leader, where he was responsible for leadership and management of the largest physician specialty community in the Navy--a cadre of over 500 souls.

Dr. Kiser has also had the privilege to serve as the Commanding Officer at the United States Naval Hospital Guam, a community hospital in the Western Pacific; the Surgeon for the United States Pacific Fleet; and the Commander of Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, a large academic medical center and multi-specialty teaching hospital. Most recently he served as the inaugural Commandant of the newly established Medical Education & Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, bringing together a mixture of service cultures and training programs to enhance training and establishing a new higher standard for medical enlisted education for all of the uniformed services.

He joined the faculty of the University of the Incarnate Word in September 2012, having enjoyed previous academic appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington. He has published and lectured widely on various topics, including ethics, medical humanities, evidence based healthcare, and change management.