Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz to take over as chief medical officer

Rear Adm. Maura Dollymore and Daniel Schwartz affix new shoulder boards to Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz’s uniform during a frocking ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Aug. 17, 2015. Schwartz will replace Dollymore as the Coast Guard’s chief medical officer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

Rear Adm. Maura Dollymore and Daniel Schwartz affix new shoulder boards to Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz’s uniform during a frocking ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Aug. 17, 2015. Schwartz will replace Dollymore as the Coast Guard’s chief medical officer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

The Coast Guard’s partnership with the U.S. Public Health Service is nothing new. For centuries, the two services have worked hand in hand to enhance readiness and respond to medical crises that arise around the world.

Today, Capt. Erica Schwartz was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in preparation for her new role as the service’s chief medical officer. In her new role, Schwartz will be responsible for the entirety of the Coast Guard’s health care system, including 42 clinics and 150 sick bays.

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft and Capt. Erica Schwartz hold Schwartz’s Meritorious Service Medal citation during a ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Aug. 17, 2015. Schwartz served for nearly five years as the chief of the Office of Health Services and as the preventative medicine officer in the Operational Medicine and Medical Readiness Division at Coast Guard Headquarters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft and Capt. Erica Schwartz hold Schwartz’s Meritorious Service Medal citation during a ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Aug. 17, 2015.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

Schwartz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role. Trained and board certified in preventative medicine, she holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Brown University and has served with the U.S. Public Health Service since 2005. Schwartz developed force health protection guidance for countless contingency operations, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the Haiti earthquake. Most recently, she served as an Ebola crisis action team leader, responsible for ensuring Coast Guard personnel had clear and actionable force health protection guidance for the emerging disease.

“Capt. Schwartz knows the Coast Guard well, and has served our community in an exceptional manner for many years,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Her executive skills in leadership, management, and health services make her ideally suited as our next CMO and I welcome her as a member of our senior leadership team. I know that she is personally committed to the well being of our people, ensuring our medical system provides the foundation for effective mission execution, and building effective partnerships for our medical support needs.”

Bravo Zulu to Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz on her promotion and her new role as the Coast Guard’s chief medical officer!

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