DO MS GA Commencement Speaker - 2014

Commencement Speaker - 2014


James H. Black, D.O.

Rear Admiral, MC, USN (Ret.)



A native of Pennsylvania, James H. Black, D.O., is a 1958 graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, with a Bachelors Degree, and a 1962 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) with a D.O. degree.  Following an internship and residency in Anesthesiology at Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas, he was in private practice in Fort Worth for ten years prior to joining the Navy.

A Flight Surgeon, Dr. Black was assigned to the U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61) as the Senior Medical Office.  Other assignments included the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, California; Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, Washington; and Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.  He also served as the Force Medical Officer, Surface Forces Pacific; Fleet Surgeon for the Pacific Fleet; Fleet Surgeon for the Atlantic Fleet; and Medical Advisor to the Commander of the United States Atlantic Command and the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.

Dr. Black retired in April 1998 as a Rear Admiral.  In addition to his military awards, he received the O.J. Snyder Medal, the highest award presented by PCOM, and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nova Southeastern University, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from PCOM.  He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Active in retirement, Dr. Black serves on the Board of Trustees of PCOM, as President of his condominium association, volunteers at the VA Outpatient Clinic, and sings in the church choir.

He has been married to Joann for more than 57 years and they have four children, six grandchildren, and a great grandchild.