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Caravalho in 2017
|Birth name||Joseph Caravalho, Jr.|
|Born||1957 (age 59–60)
Kaneohe, Hawaiʻi, United States
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1979—present|
|Commands held||Southern Regional Medical Command
Brooke Army Medical Center
Medical Research and Materiel Command
Joint Staff Surgeon
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Major General Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., (born c. 1957) is a physician and career officer in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. He has held specialized staff medical positions, served in operations at hospitals, and commanded major medical installations across the United States as well as operations in actions overseas. In December 2015 he was appointed as the Joint Staff surgeon, the chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Early life and education
Joseph Caravalho, Jr. was born in 1957 in Hawaii to Agnes and Joseph Caravalho, Sr. and grew up in Kaneohe, Oahu. His family is of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent. He attended St. Louis High School in Honolulu. He graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with a BS in Mathematics in 1979 and was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Army ROTC Program. He then completed his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, and was commissioned a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps. He is also a graduate of the Army War College, where he earned a master's degree in strategic studies.
Marriage and family
He is married to Lorraine Caravalho. They have a son Joseph (Joe) and daughter Amanda.
Caravalho held positions as a staff internist, nuclear medicine physician, and cardiologist. He served as Chief of Cardiology at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, and as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His operational medical experience includes assignments as Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Okinawa, Japan; Physician Augmentee, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg; Surgeon, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Deputy Chief of Staff, Surgeon, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; Assistant Chief of Staff, Health Affairs, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg. He also commanded the 28th Combat Support Hospital and the 44th Medical Command (Rear) (Provisional), both at Fort Bragg.
He has had two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, most recently serving as the Surgeon for both Multi-National Force-Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq. After his last deployment, he served as the Commanding General for Great Plains Regional Medical Command (RMC). Following USAMEDCOM reorganization, he commanded both Southern RMC and Brooke AMC, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Caravalho served as Commanding General, Northern RMC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He next served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and Fort Detrick, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In 2015 he was selected as Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support), United States Army Medical Command. In December 2015, it was announced that Caravalho was assigned to the Joint Staff as chief medical advisor ("Joint Staff Surgeon").
Awards and recognitions
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Army Superior Unit Award|
|Order of Military Medical Merit|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5|
- "BG (P) Caravalho takes reins of Army Medical Research and Materiel Command". army.mil. January 14, 2013.
- "Saint Louis grad named top military surgeon". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. December 4, 2015.
- Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp (July 29, 2008). "Top medical officer in Iraq garners first star". army.mil. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- "Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Jr./ Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support)". Army Medicine. 2015.
- "IMMEDIATE RELEASE: General Officer Assignments". United States Department of Defense. December 2, 2015.
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- Profile: Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Joseph Caravalho, Jr. – Joint Chiefs of Staff
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- Highlights from Joseph Caravalho's Speech, Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) National Conference 2009