Tripler Army Medical Center
"Serving to Heal...Honored to Serve!"
Captain Peter F. Roberts, MC, USN
Deputy Commanding Officer
Tripler Army Medical Center

Captain Peter F. Roberts, Deputy Commanding Officer

Captain Peter Roberts graduated with honors from Middlebury College, Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1988. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Following completion of his residency in General Surgery, he completed an additional residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of California-Davis (UCD) in 1999. During his residency, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserves and was assigned to the reserve unit at Naval Hospital Bremerton.

As a reservist, Captain Roberts served as a regular adjunct to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. As a faculty member at UCD, Dr. Roberts developed one of the region’s busiest practices in both general thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery. He assumed the role of associate program director of the thoracic residency and was appointed as Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Sacramento Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Heavy involvement in UCD’s Cancer Center earned him a significant role in the Southwest Oncology Group’s (SWOG) subcommittee on lung cancer. His accomplishments and research earned him multiple international and national invitations as a guest lecturer. Dr. Roberts has many peer reviewed publications, is board certified, an invited member of the Western Thoracic Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In the spring of 2003, Captain Roberts established a cardiothoracic surgery program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, the only MEDCEN without such capability at that time. Later that year, he assumed the role of department head of an integrated cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery unit. After successfully leading the new integrated program from inception to reality, he served as the President Elect and then President of the Medical Staff at NMCP from 2005 – 2009 continuing a full clinical practice. During this time, he also deployed to Iraq in support of OIF, serving as the Director of Surgical Services at Camp Al Taqaddum from 2007 – 2008 and as a general/thoracic surgeon at Balad Air Force Theater Hospital. In addition, he has also completed multiple medical missions to Guantanamo Bay in support of the GWOT. From 2010 – 2011, he served as the Director of Surgical Services at NMCP. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the first American Executive Officer of the NATO Role 3 Multi-National Medical Unit in Kandahar Afghanistan. Additional responsibilities included Deputy Commander for Task Force Medical South as part of Task Force Med-Afghanistan (Army units- 44th Medical Brigade, the 1st Medical Brigade and 30th Medical Command). He was assigned as Task Force 80 Surgeon and Head, Medical Operations and Plans at US Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia and is currently the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Tripler Army Medical Center.

He is qualified to wear the following military decorations and awards: Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifle Medal and Navy Pistol Marksman. He is a qualified Fleet Marine Force officer from his time in Iraq.