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Biography of the Acting Deputy Surgeon General

Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson

Acting Deputy Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service

Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson is the Acting United States Deputy Surgeon General. He supports Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak in communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation.

RADM Scott Giberson was selected by 18th Surgeon General Regina Benjamin as the first Director, Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness (DCCPR) in August, 2011. He had operational leadership for a new Corps infrastructure that provides the management of all personnel and readiness systems for over 6,800 Commissioned Corps officers. This included responsibility and accountability for comprehensive force management for the USPHS Commissioned Corps. 

Since March 16, 2010, RADM Giberson has served as Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Professional Officer (CPO), Pharmacy, for the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). As CPO, Pharmacy, he advises the Office of the Surgeon General on career development and management of more than 1150 PHS pharmacists. In addition, he assumed the role of Deputy Surgeon General July 17, 2013.

RADM Giberson began his Corps career in 1994, and has served in roles as a Clinical Pharmacist, Chief Pharmacist, Senior Public Health Advisor, Senior Medical Program Officer, Division Director, and Principal Consultant. In 2001, RADM Giberson responded to the Anthrax attacks in New York City and was later chosen by his peers as the National Coordinator for over 40 Nurse and Pharmacist Response Teams as he worked under the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security. In 2003, RADM Giberson was then detailed to the Department of Defense (DOD) for three years. He served on many international health missions for the U.S. Pacific Command involving more than 23 countries. His bilateral work with specific countries also included Thailand, India, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. He traveled extensively working with foreign militaries on HIV/AIDS and other initiatives. Following his work in the Pacific, he transitioned to the Indian Health Service (IHS) as the Director of the National HIV/AIDS Program.

RADM Giberson maintains dual licensure as a pharmacist and clinician – and has worked as a member of an IHS Family Practice Medical staff for most of his career. RADM Giberson has authored nationally published articles, spoken at venues domestically and internationally, and served as adjunct faculty at multiple universities.

RADM Giberson has received numerous awards across his career including a DOD Meritorious Service Medal. He was recently selected by the American Pharmacists Association as the 2013 Distinguished Federal Pharmacist of the Year and was also a recipient of the 2013 American Society of Health System Pharmacists Award of Excellence.  RADM Giberson holds a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from Temple University, a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations, and received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for his body of work on improvement of patient and health system outcomes through inter-professional collaboration.

Outdoor activities, physical fitness and healthy eating are all key components of RADM Giberson’s daily life. Known to many officers for his early morning workouts, he also remains active through family fitness pursuits and his son’s sports teams. He has competed in a number of athletic activities and more recently, endurance races such as mud runs.  He supports the National Prevention Strategy and encourages all Americans to become physically active. Both Acting Deputy Surgeon General Giberson and Acting Surgeon General Lushniak ‘walk-the-walk’ of community health, fitness and wellness.