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Commander Jesse McAllister, U.S. Public Health Service, MMS, APA-C, PA-C

CDR McAllister USPHS

Commander Jesse McAllister, U.S. Public Health Service, MMS, APA-C, PA-C

Director, Marine Medicine

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
  • OMAO
Office: 757-441-3004

Commander Jesse McAllister is the Director of Marine Medicine (DMM) at NOAA. Responsibilities include; assisting the Director Office of Health Services (DOHS) in long/short term planning, reviewing medical standards and the medical screening process. DMM creates and implements standard operating procedures for marine operations, plans and implements biological health monitoring, wellness, and illness/injury prevention programs (e.g., alcoholism, hearing conservation, and nutrition) for the fleet. DMM monitors availability and control of medical equipment, formulary and medical supplies for the Marine Operation Centers and OMAO fleet. The DMM manages and conducts a medical screening program to ensure that NOAA Corps Officers, Wage Marine employees, and others who sail aboard the vessels are fit for duty at sea. Responsible for coordinating with the Center's Operations staff, the NOAA Workforce Management Office, and the Office of General Counsel on medically fit/not fit for duty issues. Lastly, prepares Marine Operation Center Health Services budgets and arrange ship augmentation coverage as needed.

Before arriving to NOAA, Jesse was a senior clinical physician assistant at a maximum security penitentiary in central Florida as well as a clinical skills instructor. Responsibilities included emergency care, urgent care, preventative care and medical screenings to ensure a safe working environment for staff and inmates.

Prior to the assignment in Florida, Jesse was stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. He worked in family medicine as a physician assistant while receiving specialized training in flight medicine. He deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan with an aeromedical evacuation team consisting of about 25-30 airmen. The unit was responsible for the safe transportation of injured military service members and their allies to higher echelons of care.

Jesse earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2005 and his Master of Medical Science from Salus University in 2009. He is a certified aeromedical physician assistant (“Flight Surgeon”) accredited by the United States Army of Aviation Medicine. He holds a license to practice by the State of Florida and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Jesse maintains professional memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants and the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service. He has also served as the President of the local MWR for NOAA.

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