Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral John F. Eisold

Attending Physician,
U.S. Congress

Rear Admiral John F. Eisold

Rear Admiral John F. Eisold was born in Cleveland in 1946 and grew up in Baltimore. He graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. with a degree in Physics in 1968. Rear Admiral Eisold served as a Nuclear Submarine Division Officer from 1968 to 1972. He completed his pre-medical education at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut from 1972 to 1973. He subsequently completed his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School graduating with Honors with a Doctor of Medicine in 1976.

From 1976 to 1979, Eisold completed his Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC). He was the Chief Medical Resident from 1979 to 1980 and received his American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in 1980.

He established the General Internal Medicine Division and Hypertension Clinic at NNMC in 1980 and served as Division Head until 1985. Subsequently, he was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and worked for Senator Kennedy's Health Staff on the Labor and Human Resources Committee from September 1985 to August 1986.

Prior to his current assignment as the Attending Physician to Congress, he was reassigned to NNMC from 1988 to 1994, ending his tour there as Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine. He was promoted to rear admiral in January 1995. 

Eisold's decorations include the National Defense Medal with two Bronze Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation with three Bronze Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Defense Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with Gold Star. In addition, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and he and his clinic personnel in the Office of Attending Physician were awarded the U.S. Surgeon General’s Crisis Response Service Award, The Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation for their management of the anthrax attack on Capitol Hill in October 2001.

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, he is, also, a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society, and the Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C. Furthermore, he has completed a five-year term as a Member of the National Advisory Committee on Aging to the National Institute on Aging and was the American College of Physician’s Navy Chapter Laureate Awardee for 2001.

Updated: 5 September 2008