Daniel Dean


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Clerkship Site Director
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
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Fellowship in Nephrology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA (2016)
Residency in Internal Medicine, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA (2013)
Internship in Internal Medicine, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA (2011)
D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
B.S. in Biology, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (2006)


A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Commander Daniel Dean graduated Cum Laude from Ursinus College earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2006. Thereafter, he matriculated at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He was inducted into Sigma Phi National Honorary Osteopathic Fraternity and graduated with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

CDR Dean continued his education in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2010. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego and was selected to serve as Chief of Residents in 2013. As staff internist and chief of residents, he worked diligently on reshaping the academic program for the medicine residency at NMCSD. He fostered the education and professional growth of 40 medicine residents and numerous rotating housestaff over the year. He was a member of the NMCSD Internal Medicine Curriculum Committee, Clinical Competency Committee and Transitional Year Intern Committee. At the culmination of the academic year, he was awarded the CAPT John Mitas Achievement Award, an award from the NMCSD housestaff acknowledging his contributions to the program.

CDR Dean was provided the opportunity to continue his fellowship training in Nephrology at the University of California San Diego in the Full Time Out Service Program in 2014. During his two-year fellowship, he proctored internal medicine residents on service and delivered presentations at the Nephrology Department Grand Rounds. Upon complication of his fellowship training, he received a staff appointment in the Department of Nephrology at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

CDR Dean arrived at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in the summer of 2016 and assumed the role as Department Head of Nephrology, serving from February 2017 through December 2019. In addition to department head, he held an appointment as Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine at USUHS, was the director of dialysis services at NMCP, general medicine ward attending, nephrology consultant, USUHS medical student clinical clerkship preceptor and clinical proctor, and a member of the clinical competency committee for the internal medicine residency program. During his time at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, CDR Dean received several awards including James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching from USUHS, the Navy Chapter of the American College of Physicians VADM Nathan Young Leader Award and was recognized by USUHS SOM Class of 2023 as an Outstanding Clerkship Faculty. In 2022, CDR Dean was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at USUHS.

CDR Dean is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He has completed three deployments onboard the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20). In September 2017, he deployed in support of Hurricane Maria relief and response efforts in Puerto Rico. In 2018, he deployed in support of Enduring Promise 2018, a mission to partner nations in SOUTHCOM. Subsequently, he deployed for more than five months to SOUTHCOM AOR in support of Enduring Promise. During the Enduring Promise Missions, he served as the vice-chair of the credentials committee and was chosen to as an Officer in Charge of medical site operations at five medical engagement sites in four countries.