Rear Adm. Darin K. Via is a native of Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millikin University. Via enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserve in 1985 as a Hospital Corpsman. In 1987 he was discharged and entered active duty as an Ensign at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1991. Via completed a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2014.
Via’s professional training includes a transitional internship and anesthesiology residency at the National Naval Medical Center and a trauma anesthesia fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland. He is qualified as an undersea and diving medical officer.
He has served in various positions throughout Navy Medicine to include staff anesthesiologist, National Naval Medical Center and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP); vice chairman, Uniformed Services University; chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, NMCP; operative support service line leader, NMCP; director for Surgical Services, NMCP; deputy commander, NMCP; and commanding officer, NMCP.
Operationally, he served as department head, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO; command surgeon, Combat Support Squadron Eight; department head USNS Comfort (TAH-20) during Operation Nobel Eagle; department head, Fleet Hospital Three, 1st FSSG, Camp Viper, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and commanding officer, NATO Role Three, Multi-national Medical Unit and commander, Task Force Medical South, Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Via also served as the command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he directed and oversaw all force health protection, warfighter mission medical readiness, and strategic medical efforts in the Pacific. Via was selected the first Navy medical officer to serve as U.S. Central command surgeon responsible for all Health Services Support in theater and was the sole advisor to the commander on all medical matters in the most kinetic combatant command. During his tour as at U.S. Central Command he was also selected to serve as the commanding officer, Navy Administrative Element, U.S. Central Command.
His professional activities include being a certified physician executive and associate professor, Uniformed Services University. He has prior service as an American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board examiner and has held numerous leadership positions within the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists.
He currently serves as the deputy chief of medical operations (M3) Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.