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William B. Cogar, D.O., M.A., M.S., FACEP|
Captain, Medical Corps, USN
Captain Cogar was born December 29, 1953 in Akron, Ohio, residing there until 1969 when he moved to Evansville, Indiana. He commenced studies at Indiana State University in 1971, then enlisted as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy Reserve in September 1972. His served on active duty at Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA and Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, FL through March 1976, then transferred to the active reserve. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Naval Reserve June 1981.
He resumed his education at the University of Akron in 1976, and received a B.S. in Biology in 1979 and a M.S. in Physiology in 1983. He was accepted to the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve September 1984 under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He received the Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree in 1988.
Following graduation, CAPT Cogar completed a transitional internship at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA and was assigned to the Emergency Department as a General Medical Officer. In 1989 he attended the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, completing subspecialty training in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He was assigned to Naval Hospital Guam in 1990 as Diving Medical Officer and Head, Naval Station Branch Clinic. In 1991 he became the Senior/ Undersea Medical Officer, USS PROTEUS (AS-19). He provided medical humanitarian assistance to the Philippines following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo as part of Operation Fiery Vigil in 1992. He transferred to the USS HOLLAND (AS-32) as Senior Medical Officer when she relieved PROTEUS as the forward deployed Pacific submarine tender in 1992.
CAPT Cogar commenced residency training in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center, San Diego in 1993. Following completion of training in 1996 he was assigned to USNH Okinawa as Department Head, Emergency Department and Director, Emergency Medical Services. In 1998 CAPT Cogar was selected to stand up a new military staffed emergency department at Naval Hospital, Bremerton WA. In 1999 he attended the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Tactical Operations Medical Support course and completed the Combined Humanitarian Assistance Response Team course in 2000.
In August 2000, CAPT Cogar began studies at the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, RI. He received a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies in June 2001. Following graduation he was assigned to TRICARE Northwest (Region 11) as Deputy Medical Director and Chief, Population Health. He was reassigned to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in OCT 2002 to fill a critically gapped billet. While assigned there he completed the CBIRF Basic course, the Army’s Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties course, the Operational and Emergency Medical Skills course, the Response International Group Collapse Medicine course, and Gunsite’s Defensive Pistol and Carbine courses.
CAPT Cogar provided direct operational support to the President of the United States and other Congressional leaders during numerous National Special Security events. He participated in Operation Noble Eagle (Ricin), playing an active role in sampling and clean-up operations following the Ricin event at the US Capitol, and Operation Agilent Response, attending planning meetings and table top exercises conducted in Germany and Italy in preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics games. He also participated in CBIRF’s annual live agent training at Defense Research and Development Center, Suffield, Canada. In July 2006, CAPT Cogar transferred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for duty as a clinical staff physician in the Emergency Department and as Medical Director, Emergency Management and Preparedness. He deployed to Iraq from January through September 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08.1 as Officer in Charge, Health Services Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Fallujah, Iraq.
Since returning from deployment, CAPT Cogar has served as the assistant chair of the emergency department and as acting chair from MAR-JUL 2009 and again from FEB-MAY 2010. In this capacity he introduced numerous process improvements projects that increased ED efficiency, reducing the left without being seen rate from 3% to current 1.4%. These improvements allowed the department to successfully surge to capacities approaching 300 patients per day without degradation of services during the H1N1 outbreak. He co-chaired the command’s H1N1 working group, participated in Navy Medicine East emergency planning operations and drafted policy and procedures for NMCP and outlying commands. In 2011, he reported onboard the Medical Treatment Facility, USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) as the Executive Officer and recently was selected as a follow-on tour as the Commanding Officer.
CAPT Cogar is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians and board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and eMedicine online. He is an active instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pre-Hospital Advanced Life Support (PHTLS) and the Hospital Incident Command System. He is qualified as a Diving Medical Officer and Fleet Marine Force Medical Officer. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Meritorious Service medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, The Navy Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Assistance Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
CAPT Cogar is married to CDR Amy McBride, NC, USN. They have five children: Bartley, Ian, Trieste, Liam and Kera.
Navy League Council
2002 - 2011