Cynthia Dullea is a 1977 graduate of Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I. In 1980 she was commissioned as a lieutenant, Nurse Corps and attended initial training via Officer Indoctrination School.
Receiving initial orders to Naval Hospital, San Diego, she was assigned as a surgical staff nurse, assistant charge nurse of surgical pediatrics and nursing supervisor for the military treatment facility. Following release from active duty in 1983 she transferred to the Independent Ready Reserve (IRR).
In 1987 she affiliated with the Navy Reserves (NR) and completed tours as the administrative officer with NR Navy Medicine Brunswick 0191, Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Mass., NR Advanced Base Functional Component (ABFC) 120, Honolulu, Hawaii, as the director of Nursing Services, officer in charge of NR Marine Division 4th Force Reconnaissance, Honolulu, Hawaii, executive officer and commanding officer of NR National Naval Medical Center Bethesda 406, Bethesda, Md., NR National Naval Medical Center Bethesda 106, Bethesda, Md., as director of administration., commanding officer of both NR National Naval Medical Center Bethesda PO605, Baltimore, Md., and NR Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 106, Washington.
In January of 1991, Dullea was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She was assigned to Naval Hospital, Oakland advising the commanding officer’s staff.
Most recently, she served as commanding officer of Operational Health Support Unit, Portsmouth, Va., then as the senior advisor to the Assistant Deputy Surgeon General for Total Force Integration. She assumed the role of deputy commander Navy Medicine National Capital Area in July 2007 and as deputy director, Navy Nurse Corps, Reserve Component in October 2008. Dullea is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) , Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards) and the Naval Marine Corps Overseas Service Medal.
In her civilian career, Dullea is a Senior Vice President for SCI Solutions. She holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Stephens College and is board certified in Nursing Informatics.