Surgeon Formal Portrait
James Hancock, USN

Fleet Surgeon & Health Services,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

CAPT Hancock is a native of Illiopolis, Il. He enlisted in the Navy in 1982, earned his Engineering BS in 1990 from the United States Naval Academy and his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1995 from Uniform Services University of Health Sciences.

In 2002, as the Officer in Charge of Fleet Surgical Team Seven, he deployed for multiple missions in support of GWOT with Naval Special Warfare. His team developed and deployed the Concept of Operations for resuscitative surgery aboard small combatant ships engaged in distributed operations. In spring of 2008, Hancock deployed with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines to Afghanistan. Faced with extended casualty evacuation times, he developed and deployed the tactical trauma team concept with mobile trauma bays providing advanced resuscitative trauma care far forward.

In February of 2009, Hancock was named to the Chairman’s of the Joint Chief Of Staff Gray Team tasked to evaluate and advise the Chairman on all facets of Traumatic Brain Injury treatment. Subsequently, he deployed back to Iraq and Afghanistan in efforts to optimize treatment of traumatic brain injury. His academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Military/Emergency medicine and Assistant Professor of Neurology at USUHS. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. CAPT Hancock previously served as the Deputy Commander of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

CAPT Hancock is currently the Fleet Surgeon and Director, Health Services, US Fleet Forces Command. In this role, he is the principal medical advisor to the Commander and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping ready health support forces to meet the healthcare needs and operations of the worldwide fleet.

CAPT Hancock’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Combat Award), Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), multiple campaign and unit awards.

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