Colonel (Dr.) Sarady Tan is the Commander of the 59th Medical Operations Group, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 59th Medical Operations Group is the Department of Defense’s largest ambulatory surgical care facility with a level IV Emergency Room; a multi-campus organization with over 1,300 medical professionals in 43 specialties providing operational and expeditionary medical care to over 254,000 beneficiaries in the JBSA market and 37,000 new U.S. Air Force recruits annually. He is responsible for the comprehensive delivery of safe, quality medical care to build and sustain the highest degree of readiness of nine platforms for contingency war mobilization and Homeland Defense plans. Colonel Tan oversees a 91 million dollar budget, serves as a principal medical advisor to the 59th Medical Wing Commander, and is responsible for supports to 59 Joint Graduate Medical Education and Graduate Allied Health Education programs. Colonel Tan collaborates with 200 medical partners to achieve efficient, high quality, and value-driven outcomes in the ambulatory settings. He is committed to sharpening the human weapons for the Department of Defense’s “Lethal Force” by building strong foundations for readiness currency, patient-centered care, and community partnerships.
Colonel Tan grew up and completed his undergraduate, graduate, and medical school trainings in Oregon. He went on to complete a Family Practice Residency in California. Colonel Tan completed a Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, in May 2004 in conjunction with the Residency of Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine Programs from the U.S. Air Force’s School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Brooks City-Base, Texas, in June 2006. Additionally, Colonel Tan completed a Master of Science Degree from the National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 2017.
Colonel Tan entered the Air Force in 1995 and has commanded at the squadron and group level, and served as chief of aerospace medicine for a major command. He has deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Resolute Support. Colonel Tan is a chief flight surgeon with more than 1,880 hours in a variety of aircrafts, including 774 hours in 242 combat and combat support sorties. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the Director, National Center for Medical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Fort Detrick, Maryland. Before serving as the Director, Colonel Tan was the Command Surgeon General, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air/Afghanistan and the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan.
1988 Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis
1988 Bachelor of Science, General Science (Pre-Med), Oregon State University, Corvallis
1990 Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis
1993 Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland
1996 Family Practice Residency, San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino, Calf.
1997 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, USAFSAM, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas
2000 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2001 Intermediate Executive Skills Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2004 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2004 Master of Public Health, Occupational Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.
2005 Aerospace Medicine Residency, USAFSAM, Brooks-City Base, Texas
2006 Occupational Medicine Residency, USAFSAM, Brooks-City Base, Texas
2011 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2011 Certified Physician Executives, Certifying Commission in Medical Management, American Association for Physician Leadership, Dallas, Texas
2012 Joint Senior Medical Leader Course, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2013 Military Health System Capstone Symposium, Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute, Falls Church, Va.
2017 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2017 National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2019 Medical Executive Skills (MedXellence) Course, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Md.
1. July 1996–August 1996, student, Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers, Maxwell Air Force Base, Texas
2. August 1996–June 1998, Family Practice Staff Physician, 18th Medical Operation Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
3. July 1998–July 2000, Flight Surgeon, Squadron Medical Element, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan (March 2000–June 2000, 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 363d Air Expeditionary Wing, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia)
4. July 2000–August 2003, Commander/Chief of Aerospace Medicine/Element Chief, Flight Medicine Flight, 52d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany (September 2000–October 2000, Director of Base Medical Services, 332d Operational Group, Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait; March 2002–June 2002, Commander, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates; January 2003–July 2003, Chief, Emergency Room/Primary Care Clinic/Flight Medicine, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
5. August 2003–May 2004, student, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.
6. June 2004–June 2006, resident, Residency of Aerospace and Occupational Medicine, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas
7. July 2006–July 2009, Commander, 325th Aeromedical Dental Squadron/Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (September 2008–February 2009, Commander, 332d Expeditionary Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, Iraq)
8. July 2009–April 2011, Deputy Chief, Aerospace Medicine Division, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill. (June 2010–December 2010, U.S. Central Command Theater Validating Flight Surgeon, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
9. April 2011–May 2012, Chief, Aerospace Medicine Division, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
10. May 2012–April 2015, Commander, 366th Medical Group/Hospital, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
11. May 2015–April 2016, Command Surgeon General, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air)-Afghanistan and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, OQAB, Kabul, Afghanistan
12. June 2016–June 2017, student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2017–June 2019, Director, National Center for Medical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Fort Detrick, Md.
14. July 2019–present, Commander, 59th Medical Operations Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 2015–April 2016, Command Surgeon General, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air)-Afghanistan and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, OQAB, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a colonel
2. July 2017–June 2019, Director, National Center for Medical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Fort Detrick, Md., as a colonel
Rating: chief flight surgeon
Flight hours: more than 1,880 including more than 640 combat and 130 combat support hours
Aircraft flown: C-9, MC-130, C-141, T-37, T-6, F-16D, T-38, MU-2, C-21, E-8, KC-10, C-17, UH-72, E- 3A/B, V-22, F-15D/E/SG, UH-60, Mi-17, A-29, C-208, C-130, KC-135, and C-12
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medals with five oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal
1996 American Board of Family Medicine Certification
1999 Pacific Air Force Command Flight Surgeon of the Year
2007 Aerospace Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification
2007 Occupational Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification
2009 Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
2012 Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association
2012 Air Combat Command Medium Dental Clinic of the Year
2012 Air Combat Command Best Inpatient Facility Patient Safety Program
2014 Air Combat Command Best Hospital of the Year
2015 Air Combat Command Medium Dental Clinic of the Year
2015 Air Combat Command Best Hospital of the Year
2018 Oregon State University’s College of Engineering Awards, Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Application of Ellipsometry to Comparison of the Surface Behavior of Human Serum HDL and LDL.
Master Degree’s Research Project, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 1990
A Comparative Study of Family Functioning Among Vietnamese and Cambodian Refugees.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183:768-773, 1995
You’re the Flight Surgeon: Testicular Tumor in an Aviator.
Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 76, No. 10, October 2005
A Survey of the U.S. Air Force Aviation Personnel on Flying, Fatigue and Fatigue Countermeasures.
Presentation, The 77th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, May 16, 2006, Orlando, Fla., Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 77, No. 3, pp 287-288, March 2006
Aeromedical Evacuation In Support Of Contingency And Combat Environment.
Presentation, The 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, May 11, 2011, Anchorage, AK, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp 339, March 2011
Aeromedical Evacuation: Full Spectrum En Route Care.
Panel Chair, The 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, May 11, 2011, Anchorage, AK, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp 339-340, March 2011
En Route Medical Care Continuum: USAF’s Critical Care Specialty Team.
Panel Chair/Presentation, The 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, May 14, 2012, Atlanta, GA, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 83, No. 3, pp 236-237, March 2012
Medical Intelligence: The United States Military Perspective.
Presentation, The 2018 Ramstein Aerospace Medicine Summit and NATO Science and Technology Organization Technical Course, March 19-23, 2018, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Medical Intelligence—The First Step for Deployment.
Presentation, The Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP) 2019 Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 5-10, 2019, Saint Louis, Mo.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Society of USAF Flight Surgeons; Treasurer (2010-12), Board of Governors (2012-15)
American Academy of Family Physicians
Aerospace Medical Association
American Association for Physician Leadership
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain Jan. 6, 1995
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel (two-year BTZ) May 31, 2004
Colonel May 31, 2010
(Current as of May 2020)