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US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

BUMED at Washington DC (1942-2012)
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BUMED at DHHQ in Falls Church VA (2012-Present)

Welcome Aboard

The Defense Health Headquarters(DHHQ) facility, where BUMED is located is made up of three interconnected buildings originally completed between the 1950s and 1980s. As part of BRAC (Base Re-Alignment and Closure), the buildings were completely renovated to accommodate Navy, Army and Air Force Medical Commands.

Visitor Check-In

Visitors to BUMED must be sponsored with pre-approval. Please have your BUMED point of contact information and two forms of valid ID when you arrive at BUMED.


Main Location:
7700 Arlington Blvd Suite 5113
Falls Church, Va 22042
Phone: 703-681-9025

Skyline Detachment:
5113 Leesburg Pike
4 Skyline Place
Falls Church, Va 20598
Phone: 703-681-2500

Parking and Transportation

Parking at DHHQ is assigned and managed. Arrangements for parking must first be coordinated with parking officials at DHHQ. Visitors must advise their sponsor for parking access.

There is public transportation to/from DHHQ from the Dunn Loring Metro station and from the Pentagon. 

Download the:

Dunn Loring Metro, Skyline and Pentagon shuttle schedule

Guest Parking Diagram


The Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) is the headquarters command for Navy Medicine. Under the leadership of the Navy Surgeon General, Navy Medicine provides high quality health care to beneficiaries in wartime and in peacetime. Highly trained Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide - providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield. At the same time, Navy Medicine's military and civilian health care professionals are providing care for uniformed services' family members and retirees at military treatment facilities around the globe. Every day, no matter what the environment, Navy Medicine is ready to care for those in need, providing world class care, anytime, anywhere. Today, BUMED is the site where the policies and direction for Navy Medicine are developed to ensure our Patient and Family Center Care vision carried out.
BUMED is the Echelon II Headquarters of Navy Medicine.


The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)—A Brief History

On 31 August 1842, Congress passed a Navy appropriations bill that was a blueprint for efficiency. The legislation provided for five bureaus to replace the outdated Board of Navy Commissioners—Yards and Docks; Construction, Equipment, and Repair; Provisions and Clothing; Ordnance and Hydrography; and Medicine and Surgery. The president appointed a chief to head each bureau. On 2 September 1842, Surgeon William P.C. Barton received orders to take the helm as BUMED’s first Chief. The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) soon became the central administrative headquarters for the Navy Medical Department and charged with oversight and policy relating to:
  • All medicines and medical stores of every description, used in the treatment of the sick, the diseased and the wounded;
  • All boxes, vials, and other vessels containing the same;
  • All clothing, beds, and bedding for the sick;
  • All surgical instruments of every kind;
  • The management of hospitals, so far as the patients therein are concerned;
  • All appliances of every sort, used in surgical and medical practice;
  • All contracts, accounts, and returns, relating to these and such other subjects as shall hereafter be assigned to this bureau.

With the unyielding passage of time and the evolution of naval technology and medicine over the course of the last century BUMED’s role in the Navy has undeniably changed.  However, over the last 171 years, BUMED has earned a proud record in medical administration and has undeniably contributed greatly to the Navy Medical Department’s development and efficiency.

Today,  BUMED  remains the last of the original Navy Bureaus.


 BUMED Campus Timeline

1791: The land now known as the “Hilltop in Foggy Bottom” is deeded to federal government by merchant Robert Peter.
1800: U.S. Marine Corps establishes a temporary headquarters on the Hilltop. Marine Corps Band performs their first concert on the Hilltop (and their first in the city of Washington) on 20 August 1800.
1801: U.S. Marine Corps relocates to Barracks in Southeast Washington.
1844: Permanent home for the U.S. Navy Depot of Charts and Instruments (later known at Naval Observatory) constructed on campus (Now Bldg 2). Matthew Fontaine Maury selected as Depot Superintendent.
1847: Maury family moves into new Superintendent Quarters.
1855: Maury writes Physical Geography of the Sea.
1861: Maury resigns commission in the U.S. Navy.
1863: President Lincoln visits Observatory.
1873: President U.S. Grant dedicates Great Equatorial telescope.

1876: Emperor Dom Pedro visits Observatory.

1877: Discovery of Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos
1893: Observatory moves to new home in Georgetown Heights.
1894: Naval Museum of Hygiene relocates to Old Observatory Building.
1902: Navy Medical School established at Museum of Hygiene.
1904: President Theodore Roosevelt dedicates the Benjamin Rush Statue.
1905: Hygiene Museum disestablished.
1906: Naval Hospital Washington moves to campus.
1923: Naval Dental School established on Hilltop.
1935: Hospital and Medical/Dental schools become Naval Medical Center.
1942: Naval Medical Center Washington moves to Bethesda. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) moves into campus.
2005: BUMED placed on Base Realignment and Closure List for relocation.
2012: BUMED relocates to the Defense HealthHeadquarters in Fall Church.
2012: State Department and Institute of Peace begin new chapter in saga of Hilltop campus.



Rear Admiral
Priscilla Coe
BUMED Chief of Staff

Rear Admiral Coe is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C.  She is a 1975 graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. She holds a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the State University of Buffalo, School of Dentistry in Buffalo, N.Y.

Receiving initial orders to Navy Dental Clinic, Camp Lejeune, N.C., she served two years in this command prior to being transferred to the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune as the staff dental officer.

Coe transitioned to the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1988 and served with NR Naval Dental Clinic Camp Lejeune Det 107.  After a 5 month Active Duty for Special Work assignment at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fla., she opened a private general dentistry practice in Naples, Fla., in 1990.  She served as the commanding officer of four units to include NR Naval Hospital Jacksonville Det 1108;  NR Naval Dental Clinic Pensacola Det 108; Collecting and Clearing Company Bravo, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (4th FSSG); and 4th Dental Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group.

She has serve in numerous staff positions including Administrative Officer, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th FSSG; Staff Dental Officer, Readiness Command Southwest; and Deputy Chief of Staff (Reserve Component), Navy Medicine National Capital Area.

In 2009, she mobilized to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as the Deputy Director, Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit 10.  Following this mobilization she was recalled to serve as the Dental Corps Reserve Affairs Officer, Bureau Medicine and Surgery.  She is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff and Air War College.

Coe’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Navy Pistol Marksmanship Medal (Expert) and the Fleet Marine Force Warfare Qualified Officer insignia.




Rafael Felipe
BUMED Command Master Chief
Master Chief Felipe was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Bronx, NY.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1985 and entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in San Diego in March 1988.
Felipe attended Hospital Corpsman Apprentice School at Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego, CA and Field Medical Service School in Camp Lejeune, NC.  His first duty station was Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Va.
In May 2009, Felipe was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and assigned as Deputy Command Master Chief for National Naval Medical Center Bethesda immediately upon completion of deployment as Leading Chief Petty Officer for Forward Surgical Team Afghanistan in support of the Army 30th Medical Command.
In September 2012, Felipe reported to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and assumed the duties as Command Master Chief and Senior Enlisted Leader for Operations (M3).
Felipe earned his Health Care Management bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University
Felipe’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three Awards), numerous campaign medals and ribbons, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia.
BUMED is organized into 'codes' or departments that develop policy for a wide range of topics for the lower echelon commands to execute.

CODE NAME Mission​ Mailing Address​
M00  Corps Chiefs Principal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on the provision of centralized, coordinated policy development, guidance, and professional advice on health service programs for Department of the Navy (DON). Provides oversight on direct and indirect systems for delivering health services to all beneficiaries in wartime and peacetime as authorized by law. Acquires sufficient resources to provide health services. Serves as Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

The authority and responsibilities of the SG, as an Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Principal Official, are derived from the statutory authority and responsibilities of CNO and Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) and other authority, and responsibilities as assigned
by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). Orders issued by the Surgeon General (SG) in performing his assigned duties have the force and effect of orders issued by CNO.

In the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, all officials of OPNAV are authorized and directed, except when otherwise prescribed, to communicate with external organizational authorities whenever cooperative action is appropriate. The objective of coordination is to
preclude actions from overlapping, duplicating, or contradicting others or from countering CNO policy. The official assigned primary responsibility for a function is charged with ensuring thenecessary coordination and liaison required to execute that function.​
FALLS CHURCH, VA   22042-5113​
M1 Manpower and Resources - Total Force Principal staff advisor for Navy Medicine Total Force
(active duty, reserve, civilian, and contractor) manpower, personnel, training and education (MPT&E) policies, programs, and practices.  Principal liaison with Corps Chiefs and Force Master Chief.  Advisor for BSO-18 Equal Opportunity, Alcohol/Drug Control, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) programs.​
FALLS CHURCH, VA   22042-5125​
M2 Research and Development Provide strategic recommendations on research and development (R&D) programs, policies, and priorities  to the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). Coordinate with other Navy, DOD, and government commands, services, and agencies in supporting the development of R&D products that preserve, protect, treat, rehabilitate or enhance the health, welfare, and performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel.​
FALLS CHURCH, VA  22042-5122
M3 Medical Operations Principal staff advisor for Navy Medicine health services. Develops health services policy guidelines and directs the provision of medical and dental services as authorized by law or regulations, including TRICARE Program, for Navy and Marine Corps personnel, other uniformed Services personnel, their family members, retired members and their family members, eligible survivors of deceased members, Federal civilian employees, and other categories of persons. Coordinates and drafts policies and directives related to clinical practice guidelines, current operations, and platform readiness plans; public health and safety programs; undersea, surface, aerospace, occupational and preventive medicine programs; Physical Fitness Assessment Program; and special programs pertaining to blood program, substance abuse treatment, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), women’s health, operational survival training, homeland security, and emergency management; and combat casualty care.​ BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5126​
M4 Installations and Logistics Assists Chief, BUMED in ensuring the facilities infrastructure is maintained and developed according to the needs of the Navy; logistical support and execution are provided in an efficient, fiscally responsible manner; compliance with BRAC is guided in a consistent and conscientious way; ensures safety, occupational health, and industrial hygiene programs meet the needs of the Navy and its Sailors; and oversees antiterrorism and physical security compliance at Navy Medicine installations.​ BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5129​
M5 Future Operations Principal staff advisor for Navy Medicine future planning to project and recommend naval health service support to meet the National Military Strategy and project and recommend Navy Medicine plans, policies, and requirements supporting joint doctrine. Provides Navy Medicine’s liaison with line entities and external agencies in matters pertaining to humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and medical stability operations (HA/DR/MSO), to include current and future operations.​ BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5130​
​M6 ​Information Management/Information Technology and Chief Information Officer ​Serve as the Deputy Director for Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) and the Chief Information Officer for the Navy Medicine enterprise to define and govern the application of IT to improve the efficiency and quality of Navy Medicine Healthcare by delivering timely, integrated, protected, reliable and trusted information. ​BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5131
M7 Education and Training To develop strategy and policy which result in an educated and trained medical department with capabilities to execute force health protection across the full range of military operations. ​ BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
M8 Comptroller and Resource Management Principal advisor for financial resources and fiduciary processes in response to OPNAV, SECNAV, SECDEF, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congress. Develops principles, policies, and
procedures ensuring effective financial resource management.​
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5132 ​
M9 Wounded, Ill and Injured Principal staff advisor for Navy Medicine regarding care for wounded, ill, and injured (WII) Sailors, Marines, and their families. Collaboratively establishes policy and implementation guidance that ensures highest quality, customer focused, comprehensive, and compassionate care to the Service member and their family across the entire warrior lifecycle. Coordinates and drafts policy and executes program development related to accession of Service members; prevention, assessment, and treatment of deployment-related illnesses and injuries; care management for WII Service members and their families from point of injury through return to duty or reintegration and transition; and disability evaluation.​ BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY
FALLS CHURCH VA   22042-5136​

BUMED leadership provide testimonies to Congressional Committees on Navy Medicine programs. The following listing are provided for reference.

2014 Hearings

  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee on Defense of the Senate Appropriations Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program
    Date: 9 APR 14 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program
    Date: 2 APR 14 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

2013 Hearings

  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program
    Date: 24 APR 13 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

  • Testimonies before the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    Subject: Mental Health Research
    Date: 10 APR 13- Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

2012 Hearings
  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee on Defense of the Senate Appropriations Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program
    Date: 28 MAR 12 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee of Defense of the Senate Appropriations Committee
    Subject: The Navy Nurse Corps
    Date: 28 MAR 12 - Rear Adm. Elizabeth Niemyer, NC

  • Testimonies before the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the House Armed Services Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program Budget Overview
    Date: 21 MAR 12 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC

  • Testimonies before theSubcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee
    Subject: Defense Health Program
    Date: 8 MAR 12 - Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, MC