Steve is a native Arizonan who knows the meaning of leadership. Steve received his degree with honors at UCLA. Already accepted into medical school when the First Gulf War erupted, Steve volunteered for the Navy so he could care for combat casualties.
In 2004, Steve deployed to Indonesia to tend to the survivors of a massive Asian tsunami. In 2009, he volunteered to go to Afghanistan where he was the first interventional radiologist in combat. He transformed combat casualty care by introducing life and limb-saving endovascular surgical techniques to the battlefield. Steve also designed a blast-mitigating seat for armored vehicles that reduced incidence and severity of spine injuries for our warfighters.
Following his tenure on Capitol Hill, Steve was tapped to be the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer. Steve holds numerous national awards and recognitions including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.