Rear Adm. (ret) Jerry R. Kelley received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1976. He completed his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training at Bexar County Hospital and Audy Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio, in 1983.
Kelley entered the Navy as a direct commissioned lieutenant commander in 1991. He was promoted to captain in 1998. His assignments have included: Battalion Surgeon 4th Reconnaissance Battalion; assistant division surgeon 4th Marine Division; S2/3 officer 4th Medical Battalion; director of Surgery Fleet Hospital Dallas; executive officer Fleet Hospital Dallas; commanding officer Fleet Hospital Dallas; liaison officer for Reserve Affairs to The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps; assistant chief of staff, Navy Medicine, National Capital Area. Kelley’s current assignment is as the deputy medical officer of The Marine Corp-Reserve at Health Affairs Headquarters Marine Corps.
Kelley has had many collateral duties such as: Specialty advisor to the Surgeon General; surgical representative to the Central Credentialing and Privileging Department, and Defense Intelligence Agency.
While on Active Duty, Kelley was a recognized subject matter expert in Humanitarian Operations, Domestic Preparedness and Chemical-Biological Casualty Management. He held positions at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, as consultant and instructor. Kelley was also designated as CATF surgeon, joint task force surgeon, POMI and shellback.
Personal decorations designations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation and various service medals.