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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
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Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Before the title of Surgeon General was established in 1869, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery was conducted for twenty-seven years by four Chiefs, with the title of Surgeon, in succession from 1842.

1.
1842-1844
Surgeon William P.C. Barton  
2.
1844-1853
Surgeon Thomas Harris  
3.
1853-1865
Surgeon William Whelan  
4.
1865-1869
Surgeon Phineas Horowitz  
5.
1869-1871
CDR William M. Wood  
6.
1871-1872
COMMO Jonathan M. Foitz  
7.
1872-1873
COMMO James C. Palmer  
8.
1873-1877
COMMO Joseph Beale  
9.
1877-1878
COMMO William Grier  
10.
1878-1879
COMMO J. Winthrop Taylor  
11.
1879-1884
COMMO Philip S. Wales  
12.
1884-1888
COMMO Francis M. Gunnell  
13.
1888-1893
COMMO John M. Browne  
14.
1893-1897
COMMO James R. Tyron  
15.
1897-1897
COMMO Newton L. Bates  
16.
1897-1902
COMMO Williams K. Van Reyper  
17.
1902-1910
RADM Presley M. Rixley  
18.
1910-1914
RADM Charles F. Stokes  
19.
1914-1920
RADM William C. Braisted  
20.
1920-1928
RADM Edward R. Stitt  
21.
1921-1933
RADM Charles E. Riggs  
22.
1933-1938
RADM Percival S. Rossiter  
23.
1938-1946
VADM Ross T. McIntire  
24.
1946-1950
RADM Clifford A. Swanson  
25.
1951-1955
RADM Herbert L. Pugh  
26.
1955-1961
RADM Bartholomew W. Hogan  
27.
1961-1965
RADM Edward C. Kenney  
28.
1965-1969
VADM Robert B. Brown  
29.
1969-1973
VADM George M. Davis Jr.  
30.
1973-1976
VADM Donald L. Curtis  
31.
1976-1980
VADM Willard P. Arentzen  
32.
1980-1983
VADM John W. Cox  
33.
1983-1987
VADM Lewis H. Seaton  
34.
1987-1991
VADM James A. Zimble  
35.
1992-1995
VADM Donald F. Hagan
36.
1995-1998
VADM Harold M. Koenig
37.
1998-2001
VADM Richard A. Nelson
38.
2001-2004
VADM Michael L. Cowan
39.
2004-
VADM Donald C. Arthur, Jr.  

Note: CDR = Commander, COMMO = Commodore, RADM = Rear Admiral, VADM = Vice Admiral.


04 December 2006