Derek L Foerschler


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Residency Program Director
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Research Interests:
Acute Pain Medicine
Regional Anesthesia
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Bachelor of Science, Health Education- University of Nevada 2000
Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology- University of Nevada 2002
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine- Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine 2007
Anesthesiology Residency- The Ohio State University Medical Center 2011
Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship- The Ohio State University Medical Center 2012
Faculty Development Certificate in Academic Leadership- USUHS 2017


Commander Derek L. Foerschler was born in South Lake Tahoe, California and grew up in the small town of Zephyr Cove, Nevada. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he received degrees in Cellular Biology and Health Education. Foerschler attended Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsored by the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program, in Glendale, Arizona and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2007.
Foerschler continued his medical training at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio with additional Navy support via the Financial Assistance Program where he completed Internship and residency in Anesthesiology as well as fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine. During his final year of residency, Foerschler was elected Chief Resident.
Arriving to his first duty station at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth following fellowship graduation in 2012, Foerschler served initially as the division officer of the Acute Pain Service and research coordinator of the Anesthesia department. Over the next four years at NMCP, he served as Chairman of the Blood Utilization Committee, Chairman of the Scientific Review Committee of the Command IRB, Community Member-At-Large for the Hampton Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center’s IRB, and Assistant Residency Program Director. Starting in 2016, Foerschler has served as Program Director for NMCP’s anesthesiology residency.
Operationally, he has been deployed on the USNS COMFORT as department head of anesthesia in 2015 during the six-month Continuing Promise deployment and again in 2017 on the Humanitarian Mission to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. In 2018, he served as Assistant Officer-In-Charge for the Expeditionary Resuscitation Surgical System (ERSS) Team-20 in USCENTCOM traveling to over six countries and aboard five different ships during the seven month deployment.
Foerschler is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and is Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer Qualified.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Chief Resident, Anesthesiology- The Ohio State University Medical Center 2010-2011

Director- Acute Pain Service- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2012-2018

Member/Chairman- Research Review Committee for the command's IRB, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2012-2018

Chairman- Blood Utilization Committee, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2014-2015

Assistant Program Director- Anesthesiology Residency, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2014-2016

Teacher of the Year- Anesthesiology Department, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2015

Department Head-Anesthesia, USNS COMFORT six-month deployment ISO Operation Continuing Promise 2015

Community Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB)- Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton, VA 2016-2017

Program Director- Anesthesiology Residency, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 2016-Present

Deputy Officer-In-Charge and Anesthesiologist, Expeditionary Resuscitation Surgical System (ERSS)- 20, CENTCOM 2018


Patient-controlled analgesia in the pediatric population: morphine versus hydromorphone;

Humanitarian Assistance at Sea: The Medical Missions of the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort;

The Need for Patient Teaching, Follow Up, and Physician Availability for the Prevention of Outpatient Perineural Catheter Complications;