Captain Sullivan is a native of Kings Park, New York. In 1984, he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In that same year, he began his military career as a United States Marine Corps officer. He was promoted to the rank of Major prior to accepting a Health Professions scholarship in 1996, at which time he transferred to the United States Navy. In 1998, he graduated from Nova Southeastern University with an O.D.
Captain Sullivan was commissioned as a Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps in 1998 and reported to Naval Hospital New London as an eye clinic staff member. Prior to his departure, Dr. Sullivan was appointed as the Department Head, Military Medicine Eye Clinic. Following New London, he served as the Director of Medical Planning at Naval Medical Logistics Command. His duties included extensive work on the National Strategic Stockpile Capital Region implementation and participation on the Maryland Governor’s board as the military liaison for the statewide Smallpox Mass Vaccination exercise.
His follow on assignment was as the Commanding Officer of 1st Medical Logistics Company. His unit was responsible for procuring, staging and delivering all Class VIII (medical) supplies in support of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. They returned home in March 2007, from a successful, year-long deployment in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. As a direct result of his achievements in theater, he received the Robert A. Edgar Award as the Navy’s Operational Medical Logistician of the Year.
Throughout his career, Captain Sullivan has served in an array of unique positions that include a deployment as the Deputy Surgeon of the Combined Forces Special Operations Consolidated Command as well as a Medical Logistics Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses. He spent three years at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) where he was directly responsible for providing medical logistics guidance and assistance to the Navy Surgeon General. Additionally, he served as the BUMED NATO representative, presenting at the Maritime Casualty Estimate working group and the Maritime Logistics and Replenishment at Sea working group at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium.
Selected for executive medicine, he served as Naval Medical Logistics Command’s Executive Officer; Captain Sullivan oversaw the day-to-day activities of the Navy’s medical logistics experts responsible for supporting all forces afloat and Military Treatment Facilities world-wide. In April of 2016, Captain Sullivan completed his assignment as the Commanding Officer, Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command. He currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Joint Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Captain Sullivan is the eldest son of Edward and Mary Sullivan. He is married to the former Jennifer Smith of Sherburne, N.Y.