Rear Admiral (retired) Louis Tripoli’s four-decade career as an energetic medical leader has placed him in many challenging medical environments. The capstone of this career to date has been his service as the Command Surgeon for US Indo-Pacific Command, reporting directly to the Commander and responsible for a vast set of medical and health programs across more than half of the world’s surface. The coronavirus pandemic elevated his medical department to the primary military force protection effort in the theater. He retired from this position on October 2020 as a Rear Admiral after forming lasting relationships within the US government and in many partner nations.
In the military, he formed bonds with the medical leaders in Iraq, treated Marines on the battlefield and soldiers and sailors in the hospital, was the principal liaison to the military medical leadership in Germany, led medical operations at Navy Personnel Command to ensure that service members returning from war received the best of care possible, fought the coronavirus pandemic, and devised programs for medical care in the Pacific Islands.
As a civilian, he has served the medically vulnerable in inner city Buffalo and St. Louis, served as Chief Medical Officer for a company that provided healthcare for inmates, including treatment guidelines in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He formed Correctional Medicine Institute, a 501(c)(3) to help train medical providers in high-quality healthcare for inmates. He created and patented innovative programs for medication safety and held the position of Chief Medical Officer at several prominent healthcare organizations.
He has earned numerous substantial medals and decorations, including the Bronze Star for his work in combat with the Marines, the Defense Superior Service Medal and two Legions of Merit, but the ones he cherishes the most are those from the exceptional soldiers he served with, such as the Navy Times Sailor of the Year and an engraved Navy Chief’s cutlass. He always has time to help a service member or veteran with any challenge.
Tripoli, who attended Harvard as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in medicine (M.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh, recently became the recipient of the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award from the Naval War College for excellence in Joint Professional Military Education.
His global health interests have led him to initiatives in the Pacific and worldwide using digital health. He has significant training and experience in pandemic and emerging infectious diseases and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He maintains board certification in Internal Medicine and takes pride in being a sought-after mentor by students and resident physicians, with several faculty positions accompanying his various roles, including Johns Hopkins, St. Louis University, and the University of Pittsburgh in the past and his most recent faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He mentors medical trainees at a military medical center and performs research on COVID-19. He serves as an advisor to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medical Research, USU’s Indo-Pacific Research Alliance for Military Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center’s Department of Clinical Investigation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and participates in the Multilateral Biosecurity Dialogue forum. He also provides expert guidance in telehealth and other emerging medical technologies.
Since his retirement from military service on October 1, 2020, Dr. Tripoli founded his own Veteran-owned consulting company, 3E Care Solutions LLC, to continue his work on global health, veterans’ health, and coronavirus, and took on the role of medical expert advisor to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is on the Board of Directors of a pharmaceutical distribution company serving people with special needs, and is the Chief Medical Officer for Maclean Health, promoting medical innovation, including artificial intelligence (AI). He is a recognized expert on COVID-19 risk mitigation and serves as an advisor for Premier Medical Group, a leading company in national and international response to COVID-19.