RADM Scott Giberson is the youngest Flag Officer to serves as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He has command of over 1000 active duty Corps pharmacists and 350 civil service PHS pharmacists. He serves as chief advisor for Corps pharmacy affairs to the Office of the Surgeon General and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He also serves as the National HIV/AIDS Program Principal Consultant for the Indian Health Service (IHS).
RADM Giberson holds a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from Temple University, a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations. He maintains dual licensure as a Pharmacist and Pharmacist Clinician, APHA immunizer and instructor and is a 12 year member of the IHS Family Practice Medical staff. He is a founding member of the National Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (NCPS) Program and was one of the first federal pharmacists to be compensated by a state Medicaid program as non-physician practitioner.
RADM Giberson's career began with the IHS as a student in Crownpoint, New Mexico. After joining the Corps, he served the next 9 years as a clinical pharmacist in 3 different IHS sites, progressing to Chief Pharmacist at Fond du Lac Tribal Health Clinic in northern Minnesota. In 2003, RADM Giberson was detailed from the HHS Office of Global Health Affairs to the Department of Defense's Center of Excellence (COE) in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance for 3 years. In this capacity, he demonstrated the diversity of the pharmacy category and the Corps by serving in leadership roles on various international health deployments for the U.S. Pacific Command. He provided medical lead roles in HIV/AIDS military training programs in Thailand involving public health professionals from more than 23 countries. His international programs included Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Thailand. He presented on HIV/AIDS topics to Honorable members of Parliament in Papua New Guinea, implemented HIV medical programs with the Vietnamese Army for U.S. Pacific Command/COE, and has traveled extensively working with Asian-Pacific militaries, the U.S. State Department, and others on HIV/AIDS, global health, and humanitarian response.
RADM Giberson has a passion for teaching and finds great reward in precepting pharmacy students for clinical practice. His advocacy in advancing the scope of pharmacy practice is what he strives most to teach his students. RADM Giberson lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Lynette and son, Payton. He feels the success in his career is due to his balance of home life and duty to the public health.