Dr. Cullison joined the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in March 2013 as senior advisor to the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. He also serves as senior medical advisor to CNA’s Institute for Public Research in Health Research and Policy. He has been actively involved in health policy, health care operations and international health engagement issues since retiring in 2010 following a 38-year Navy career culminating in service as Deputy Surgeon General. He worked at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance from 2010-2012 participating in numerous international health, medical and disaster preparation events on behalf of U. S. Pacific Command.
He began his Navy career as a surface warfare officer in USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865), participated in riverine salvage operations in Vietnam and served as a saturation diving officer.
Dr. Cullison received his doctor of medicine degree in 1979 from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following a surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center, San Diego he served in a variety of clinical assignments involving direct patient care, graduate medical education and operational deployments.
Rear Admiral Cullison’s Navy Medicine leadership career began in San Diego as Surgeon General Specialty Leader for Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Surgical Services. He later served as Deputy Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Command Surgeon U.S. Pacific Command, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (VA) and Commander Naval Medicine East.
His personal awards include: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Bronze Star with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.
His professional activities have included Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board of Directors of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association.