Navy Biography

Rear Admiral William R. Kiser


Rear Admiral William R. Kiser

Rear Admiral Kiser was born on Tachikawa AFB, Japan into a career Army family. After graduating from Killian Senior High School in Miami, Fla., he attended Abilene Christian University in Texas, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Biology, and the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1978. He has also earned Master’s degrees in Social Science, Strategic Studies, Business Administration, and Ministry.

His postgraduate medical education included an internship in Basic Medicine at Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, Calif.; a residency in Family Practice at Naval Regional Medical Center, Charleston, S.C.; and a fellowship in Faculty Development (Academics) at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Kiser’s previous duty assignments include service as a general medical officer aboard USS Constellation (CV 64); staff family physician at United States Naval Hospital, Guam; faculty family physician at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif.; staff family physician aboard USNS Mercy (TAH 19) during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; director of Residency Training, the Family Practice Residency, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.; Navy Family Practice specialty leader; executive officer and then commanding officer, USNH Guam.

He relinquished command of USNH Guam in June 2003 and, after graduating from the Air War College, assumed the responsibilities of the Pacific Fleet surgeon in July 2004. During his tenure he held primary medical responsibility for the deployment of USNS Mercy in support of Operation Unified Assistance I and II, and the Mercy humanitarian deployment of 2006.  From July 2007 to July 2008 he served as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Clinical Operations and chief medical officer for Navy Medicine (BUMED M3C). From August 2008 to May 2010 Kiser served as commander, Navy Medicine East and Navy Medical Center Portsmouth. He has been the inaugural commandant, Medical Education & Training Campus (METC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas, since May 28, 2010.

Kiser is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and former president of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Washington College of Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He previously represented the Navy to the AMA Section on Medical Schools and is the 2005 recipient of the John P. McGovern Award from Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Kiser is also a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Christian Medical Dental Society, and a life member of the United States Naval Institute. He has published and lectured widely on various topics, including ethics, medical humanities, evidence based healthcare, and change management.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards).

Updated: 10 February 2014