Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Brian P. Monahan

The Attending Physician for the
United States Congress and United States Supreme Court

Rear Admiral Brian P. Monahan


Rear Admiral Monahan MC USN, a native of Fairfield Conn., is a master of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Academy of Medicine. He is a professor of medicine and pathology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Md. He graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University 1982 and magna cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1986. Following internship, he was assigned as battalion surgeon for the 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division from 1987-1989. He then completed his internal medicine training at the National Naval Medical Center where he was selected as the chief of residents and served as an internal medicine physician at the Office of Attending Physician, U.S. Capitol from 1991-1993. He completed his training in hematology and medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute and National Naval Medical Center in 1996. Monahan has served with distinction as professor and chairman of medicine at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda Md.

Monahan is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Through his ongoing duties at the National Cancer Institute, Monahan has served as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials of novel anti-cancer drugs leading to innovations in colon cancer and clinical pharmacology. In the past 12 years, he has trained hundreds of oncologists now serving throughout the USA and in 7 foreign nations. A pioneer in the discovery of the unexpected sudden death associated with the first non-sedating antihistamines (Seldane), he is the recipient of many teaching awards including the National Cancer Institute’s Teacher of the Year award. Monahan served as the program director for Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellowship Training for the Department of Defense National Capitol Consortium from 2000-2006. He was the Navy specialty leader for hematology and medical oncology from 2001-2008, chairman of the United States Military Cancer Institute Medical Oncology Program and associate director for federal compliance and human subjects protections from 2002-2008. He has been a major contributor to the Navy human research protection programs leading transformative contributions to human subjects protections programs in the Department of Defense. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters. Through his work in the American Society of Clinical Oncology he was instrumental in the creation of the first national in-training competency examination in medical oncology in 2008. Monahan’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (1), USUHS Outstanding Service Medal (1), Meritorious Service Medal (1), Joint Commendation Medal (1), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5).


Updated: 19 October 2010