Rear Admiral Van Landingham became the 13th Director of the Navy Medical Service Corps in May 1999 and the Medical Inspector General in October 1999.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration from Georgia State University in 1973. Rear Adm. Van Landingham was commissioned an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps on 10 July 1973 while a student at Georgia State University. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior and Development at George Washington University in 1984.
Rear Adm. Van Landingham began his career at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1976, he became Aide to the Navy Surgeon General, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC, and in 1979 was appointed the first Officer-in-Charge for the Regional Support Detachment, Bethesda. Subsequent assignments included Assistant Director for Administration, Naval Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina; Director for Administration, US Naval Hospital Guam; Medical Corps Assignment Officer, Bureau of Naval Personnel; Director for Administration, Naval Hospital, Orlando, Florida; Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island. With the establishment of Naval Health Care New England in March 1998, Rear Van Landingham became the organization’s first Commanding Officer.
Rear Adm. Van Landingham is a Certified Healthcare Executive and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).