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 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. From 2008 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 as officer in charge of the Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
He was selected 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 2013 to 2014, and subsequently served as deputy chief of staff for Navy Medicine West (San Diego) 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 deputy commander for Navy Medicine East (Norfolk) and director of the Reserve Medical Corps. United States Pacific Command selected him as command surgeon, starting in February 2018.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star (US Marines); the Meritorious Service Medal (one Army and three Navy 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 and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and others. 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 also served as a senior medical executive in several prominent healthcare organizations in the civilian sector.