Rear Adm. Louis Tripoli is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1980, and attended Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating with honors in 1984. He was directly commissioned as a Navy officer in 1996.
After completing Navy Reserve assignments as a medical officer at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and Naval Medical Center Bethesda, he was mobilized as group surgeon and public health officer for the 4th Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force in 2004 and performed duties as a civil affairs and medical officer during combat operations in Fallujah.
In 2006, he served at Navy Personnel Command as senior medical officer, managing aspects of health policy and management for Navy personnel who were wounded, ill or injured, returning to the Navy Reserve in 2008. From then until 2012, he served as executive officer and senior medical executive, Operational Health Support Unit, Naval Medical Center San Diego. In 2012, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery selected him to serve on active duty as officer in charge of the Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
The Navy Reserve selected him as commanding officer, Operational Health Support Unit, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and first commanding officer of the newly commissioned Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Pendleton, serving from 2012 to 2014, then served as deputy chief of staff for Navy Medicine West from December 2014 to September 2016. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) Oct. 1, 2016 and assumed the role of Navy Reserve deputy commander for Navy Medicine East.
He is currently assigned as deputy commander, Navy Medicine East and deputy director, Medical Corps.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star (USMC); the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Eagle, Globe and Anchor; Fleet Marine Force Ribbon; and others. In 2006, the Navy Times named him Sailor of the Year.
Dr. Tripoli is board-certified in internal medicine. The medical faculty at the University of Pittsburgh elected him to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and appointed him chief resident. He has held appointments to the medical faculties at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University and St. Louis University Institute for Biosecurity. He has conducted teaching rounds for medical residents and students at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. He is the author of several book chapters and scientific research articles and holds two recent U.S. patents for medication safety technology.
He has served as a senior medical executive in several prominent healthcare organizations and is currently vice president and chief medical director of a large international pharmacy benefits management company.