Lieutenant Commander Sharon Downey, U.S. Public Health Service, MSA, BSN, RN
LCDR Sharon Downey was called to active duty in April 2014 and currently serves as the Chief of Medical Affairs Branch for the NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center. She is responsible for all medical administrative functions in support of the NOAA Commissioned Corps Officer, active duty and retired. This includes managing and maintaining official individual officer electronic medical records. She also serves as a liaison between CPC, TRICARE, and USMEPCOM.
Prior to coming to NOAA, LCDR Downey served as a Clinical Staff Nurse with the Federal Bureau of Prisons assigned to the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC, where she provided direct medical care to incarcerated inmates with various medical conditions. LCDR Downey started her career with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1999 as a Junior Nurse COSTEP at the Low Security Facility in Butner, NC. After completing the eight week assignment, she began Senior COSTEP with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She completed nursing school in 2000 and was assigned to the Federal Medical Center, Butner, NC as a Clinical Staff Nurse. LCDR Downey was an operational planner in the activation of the new Federal Medical Center in 2000. She served as a Clinical Staff Nurse in Mental Health and Ambulatory Care Clinic. In 2002, LCDR Downey elected to join the USPHS Inactive Reserve Corps to accompany her active duty spouse overseas. As an active member with the Reserve Corps, she was deployed in 2005 to support hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, providing medical care and assistance to displaced victims.
LCDR Downey has over 15 years of clinical nursing experience in a variety of settings to include Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, KS and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. She has served as a Pre-Anesthesia Surgical Coordinator, Clinical Staff Nurse (Team Leader) on Medical-Surgical unit, Charge Nurse on Special Care Unit and a Discharge Call Nurse. While overseas, she served as a New Parent Support Program Coordinator where she organized and instructed educational classes to new and expecting parents. LCDR Downey started her Uniformed Service Career in 1989 in the US Army Reserves as a Military Police.
LCDR Downey attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1992. In 2009, she completed a cohort program receiving a Master of Science in Administration, with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University.
LCDR Downey maintains professional memberships in the American Nurses Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service.