- Rear Admiral (RADM) Susan Orsega, Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters (CCHQ), is in charge of all personnel, administration, operations, preparedness, deployment, and policy functions for the approximately 6,500 members of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is the Surgeon General’s (SG) primary advisor on Commissioned Corps training, readiness, activation, deployment, and total force fitness operations and policies.
- From May 2016 to March 2019, RADM Orsega was the USPHS’s Chief Nurse Officer. She was in charge of providing leadership to 4,500 Commissioned Corps members and advising the Office of the Surgeon General and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on nurse recruiting, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development.
- RADM Susan Orsega was assigned to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health before joining the Office of the Surgeon General to manage CCHQ (NIH). She was in charge of the operational management of international research partnerships between the US and the governments of South Africa and Mali, comprising 150 international nurses and researchers and 500 research participants. Since 2015, RADM Orsega has been an integral part of the USG’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease response. She was part of the US National Institutes of Health team on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2015, during the height of the Ebola outbreak.
- She was in charge of the University Clinical Research Center’s NIAID operations as part of the US NIH’s engagement with the Mali government. Her main focus was on establishing the infrastructure and overseeing the operations of the US National Institutes of Health Ebola Vaccine Trial in Mali and the Emerging Infectious Disease Trial in Mali, which focused on early detection of suspicious fever patients in that nation.
- RADM Orsega also has extensive public health emergency and disaster care expertise, having served on an elite medical team during 9/11 as well as 14 previous national and international disaster/humanitarian USG missions in jobs requiring advanced nursing and leadership. She was chosen as the only USPHS officer on the USS Pacific Peleliu Navy ship health diplomacy mission’s Advance Planning team.
- RADM Susan Orsega joined the USPHS Commissioned Corps in 1989 at the National Institutes of Health. RADM Orsega continued to expand her nursing and scientific expertise at the period of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with a concentration on practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She is regarded as a specialist in the fields of worldwide HIV/AIDS research, advanced nursing practice, health diplomacy, and disaster response. She has published 19 peer-reviewed articles and presented at more than 40 major scientific and nursing conferences throughout the world. RADM Orsega received the Secretary’s Award for Renowned Service from the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2016, the distinguished Uniformed Services University Graduate School of Nursing Alumni of the Year award in 2015, and the NIH Director’s Award in 2014.
- RADM Orsega graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science in Science. She was named a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013. The American Academy of Nursing inducted RADM Orsega in 2016.