New commanding officer to take the helm at Naval Medical Center San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Navy Capt. Jose Acosta will be succeeded by Capt. Joel Roos in a ceremony Tuesday morning after two years of serving as commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Acosta is set to become the lead medical officer for the San Diego-based U.S. Third Fleet. As fleet surgeon, he’ll be responsible for the medical readiness of sailors and Marines aboard ships, submarines, and aircraft stationed in California, Washington and Hawaii.

The Norfolk, Virginia, native earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, attended medical school at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and underwent residency training in general surgery at the University of New Mexico. The board-certified surgeon also completed a fellowship in trauma and critical care at UC San Diego in 1996, earned a Masters in business administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and has authored more than 40 peer reviewed medical articles and book chapters, according to Navy officials.

His Navy career has included a deployments to Somalia and Afghanistan, a stint as the head of surgery service at a U.S. Naval Hospital in Keflavik, Iceland, and served as director of the medical and surgical intensive care unit and director of surgical services on board the USNS Comfort.

“The transition is truly a bittersweet moment,” Acosta said. “While I look forward to future opportunities to positively impact the health and well- being of our operational forces, I leave behind an amazing organization.”

Roos, an emergency physician and Cincinnati native, was previously fleet surgeon for the Seventh Fleet, based in Japan. He was deputy commander of the Navy medical center in Balboa Park in 2009, and will become its 43rd commander, according to the Navy.

Roos earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Davis, attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also has a MBA in healthcare management from Brenau University and a master’s degree in healthcare delivery science from Dartmouth College, according to his LinkedIn biography.