Dr. Paul Ciminera is the Director of the Post-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Health, Post-Deployment Health group. Dr. Ciminera leads important programs on military environmental exposures and contributes significantly to the understanding of post deployment adverse health effects in Veterans.
Dr. Ciminera comes to the VA after 14 years of service as an Army Officer and over seven years of civilian service in the intelligence community. He is a board certified physician in both General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine and brings a wealth of clinical, operational and policy experience from prior military assignments. Most recently he served as both Acting Chief of the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Department of Preventive Medicine (where he guided a staff of over 70 public health professionals) and Preventive Medicine Staff Officer for the 18th Army Medical Command (Deployment Support).
Prior assignments include: Preventive Medicine Staff officer for CJTF-82 in Afghanistan, Technical Manager for the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) and Army Liaison Officer to the Army Medical Surveillance Activity (AMSA) at the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM) [now part of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and US Army Public Health Command respectively]. Notable short assignments include the Food and Drug Association (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC). His civilian experience brings additional joint and combined experience supporting operational and strategic intelligence requirements.
With his breadth of experience, Dr. Ciminera understands the many vital occupational roles of military Veterans and has the tools and experience to prevent, monitor and treat adverse health effects that Veterans may be experiencing as a result of their military service.