John R Gilstad


Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
global health engagement
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United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1987
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 1993
National Naval Medical Center - Internal Medicine internship and residency 1993-1996
Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center - Geriatric Medicine fellowship 2001-2002


John Gilstad, MD is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, US Navy trained, with broad clinical and leadership experience in Navy healthcare facilities in Maryland, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Japan, and aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort. Subsequent leadership roles included Executive Officer at Navy Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in Singapore and Phnom Penh; Commanding Officer at NAMRU-3 in Cairo and Accra; and Institute Director at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda.

Dr Gilstad returned to outpatient consultative geriatrics and inpatient internal medicine attending at Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center until Navy retirement in 2021, with interim assignment as special advisor for COVID-19 to Command US Forces Japan. In 2022 Dr Gilstad is completing a five year DoD global health engagement research collaboration on hospital hand hygiene in Liberia.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Principal Investigator, Hospital Hand Hygiene in Liberia, CGHE $985K 2017-2022

Director, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute 2018-2019

Commanding Officer, Naval Medical Research Unit 3, Cairo Egypt 2014-2016

Executive Office, Naval Medical Research Unit 2, Singapore 2012-2014

Chair, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, US Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan 2007-2009

Navy Delegate to Young Physicians Section, American Medical Association 2002-2005

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar 1989-1991