Rear Admiral Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler is a native of Camden, N.J. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University where she was commissioned as an ensign in 1974. She also holds a Master of Education from Providence College, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from George Washington University. Additionally, Bruzek-Kohler is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In her distinguished career, Bruzek-Kohler served as Charge nurse, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Staff nurse, U.S. Naval Regional Medical Center, Naples, Italy; Ambulatory Care coordinator, Naval Hospital Newport, R.I.; director of Academic Support Department, Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda; head of Enlisted Training Programs, Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Center; director of Nursing/Acting executive officer, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Ill.; director of Nursing, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam; executive officer, Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Fla.; commanding officer, Naval Hospital, Lemoore, Calif.; assistant deputy chief for Medical Operations Support, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C., chief of staff and deputy chief, Medical Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C., and served as the 21st director of the Navy Nurse Corps from 2005 until 2009.
She assumed the duties of commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Navy Medicine West May 22, 2009.
Bruzek-Kohler’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service awards.