|Birth name||Dean Lindley Winslow|
Wood River, Illinois
United States Air Force |
Air National Guard
|Years of service||1980–2015|
Dean Winslow (born ca. 1953) is an American physician, academic, and retired United States Air Force colonel. He had been nominated by President Donald Trump to become the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, but he withdrew his nomination in December 2017 after it was put on indefinite hold. He is Professor and former Vice Chair of Medicine at Stanford University. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Division of AIDS Medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In the Air Force, he deployed twice to Afghanistan and four times to Iraq as a flight surgeon supporting combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Early life and education
Winslow was born in Illinois to Don Winslow, a patent attorney, and Anna Neff Winslow, a public school teacher. Winslow graduated from Dover High School in 1971. He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, where he ran varsity track and cross-country. In 1976, Winslow received his doctorate from Jefferson Medical College. He completed medical fellowships with the Christiana Care Health System and Oschner Foundation Hospital. In 1983, Winslow graduated with distinction as a flight surgeon from the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He graduated from the United States Air Force's Air War College in 2007.
Winslow’s career has spanned private practice, basic research, drug and diagnostic device development, HIV medicine, military and aerospace medicine, public health, and academics. He has held numerous leadership positions in these fields.
In 2016, Winslow won a wrongful termination lawsuit against a California civilian hospital and donated the $1 million settlement to agencies that help war refugees and their children in places like Iraq and Syria 
Winslow’s decorations and awards include:
In addition to the above decorations, Winslow received the Malcolm C. Grow Award as Outstanding Air Force Flight Surgeon (ANG Command) in 1988 and the Air Force Association’s George W. Bush Award as outstanding ANG officer in 2006. His aeronautical rating is Chief Flight Surgeon and he has logged 1150 military flying hours including 431 combat hours and 263 combat sorties. Aircraft flown include the F-4, F-15, F-16, CF-18, A-37, T-38, C-5, C-12, C-17, C-130, MC-130, C-131, C-141, E-3, KC-10, KC-135, UH-1, UH-60, HH-60, and CH-47.
Nomination to become Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Winslow to become the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Winslow's nomination was put on indefinite hold, and Winslow withdrew from consideration in December 2017. The day after the November 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting, when asked about the tragedy, Winslow said "I'd also like to ... just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic weapon like an AR-15." After his nomination was put on indefinite hold, Winslow wrote an editorial in the Washington Post titled "I spoke my mind on guns. Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold" In the editorial, he wrote: "I have seen what [assault weapons like the AR-15] do to human beings. The injuries are devastating."
His nomination for Assistant Secretary of Defense was not formally withdrawn by President Trump but was instead returned unconfirmed to the President by the U.S. Senate on 3 January 2018 under Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XXXI, paragraph 6.
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. September 2, 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Dean Winslow". Stanford University. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
- Winslow, Dean (20 December 2017). "I spoke my mind on guns. Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "PN892 — Dean L. Winslow — Department of Defense". U.S. Congress. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
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