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Scott Giberson, '93 Gallery of Success Recipient


RADM Scott Giberson

Scott Giberson '93, Acting US States Deputy Surgeon General, will be inducted into the 2013 Gallery of Success.


Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson is the Acting United States Deputy Surgeon General. He supports the Acting Surgeon General in communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. Prior to this role, 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 has operational leadership for a new Corps infrastructure that provides the management of all personnel, deployment, and readiness activities for over 6,700 Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service. This includes responsibility and accountability for comprehensive force management for all Corps officers. Since March 16, 2010, RADM Giberson has also served as Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Professional Officer (CPO), Pharmacy category. As CPO, he advises the Office of the Surgeon General on career development and management of more than 1150 PHS pharmacists.


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 for 3 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 back to the Indian Health Service as the Director of the National HIV/AIDS Program.


RADM Giberson has advocated across his career to advance the profession of pharmacy. He 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. He is the primary author of Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice - A Report to the U.S. Surgeon General 2011 that garnered the U.S. Surgeon General's support and national attention. He has authored articles in many publications, spoken at numerous venues domestically and internationally, and served as adjunct faculty at multiple universities.


RADM Giberson has received numerous awards across his career as well as a Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He was recently selected by APhA as the 2013 Distinguished Federal Pharmacist of the Year and a recipient of the 2013 ASHP 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 health professional collaboration.


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