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Salus names Mittelman as new president of university

September 10, 2012

Salus University Board of Trustees Chair Jo Surpin announced Rear Adm. Michael H. Mittelman, O.D., MPH, will succeed Thomas L. Lewis, O.D, Ph.D., as the university’s next president.

Dr. Mittelman is the recipient of the AOA 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

“With 32 years as a senior health care executive in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Mittelman brings a wealth of experience to the position of president that includes clinical and research backgrounds,” Surpin said. “Along with his extensive knowledge of multiple health care disciplines and health care delivery to diverse populations, Dr. Mittelman has worked closely with all of the health care professions, focusing on the provision of quality care for the whole patient. I am certain that under Dr. Mittelman’s leadership Salus will continue to prosper and become the nation’s leading provider of high quality health care professionals – which is very much in keeping with the Salus mission and credo.”

An active-duty member of the Armed Forces, Dr. Mittelman will complete his service with the Navy before beginning as Salus University president sometime in late spring or early summer 2013.

In order to accommodate this timing and to ensure a smooth transition, Dr. Lewis has agreed to remain as president during this period as president-designate.

Currently serving as Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Mittelman’s naval service has included a variety of positions around the world:

  • Staff optometrist and later, head of the Optometry Department, Naval Hospital Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
  • Head of the Optometry Department, U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain
  • Head of the Optometry Department, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Deputy Director of Research, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Head of the Recruit Medicine Department and Commanding Officer of Fleet Hospital Three, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill.
  • Command, Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, Yorktown, Va.
  • Command, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
  • Executive Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Navy
  • Special Assistant to the Surgeon General at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Human Resources, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
  • Director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy Division (N931), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • Director of the Medical Service Corps
  • Command Surgeon, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Medical Advisor to the Commander, Supreme Allied Command for Transformation (NATO)
  • Command Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command.

A native of Long Beach, N.Y., Dr. Mittelman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jacksonville University in 1975. After earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus) in May 1980, he was commissioned into the Navy Medical Service Corps. In 1990, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated from the Naval War College non-resident program in 1991.

Dr. Mittelman is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a diplomate in its section in Public Health and Environmental Vision. He is past president of the Armed Forces Optometric Society and recipient of its Orion Award.

Dr. Mittelman and his wife, Tanis, reside in the Washington, D.C., area and have three daughters.

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