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Annual DCMS-Navy Dinner


the annual dcms-navy dinner is a long standing tradition in jacksonville.

The DCMS-Navy Dinner serves as a forum for presenting important issues relevant to both the private sector and our local naval institutions, particularly Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

It also serves to strengthen the collegial bond that exists between our collective groups and allows us the opportunity to recognize those who have contributed to our successes over the past year.

The 2019 DCMS-Navy Dinner will take place at the NAS Jax Officers' Club on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tickets are $54.95 for all attendees through March 15.

Late registration tickets purchased after March 15 are $59.99.


At the DCMS-Navy Dinner:


The DCMS-Navy Dinner is a great way to showcase your business to DCMS Members and Naval health care professionals in Northeast Florida. Members and guests enjoy a cocktail hour surrounded by our event sponsor exhibitions. Contact Sallie Baumann at today to find out how you can become a partner for this exciting event!


Each year, the DCMS and Naval Hospital recognize the talented and dedicated health care professionals who are making a difference in this community! The Circle of Excellence Award recognizes outstanding service to the medical staff at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. The Admiral Paul Kaufman Award honors a local physician or health care professional who delivers outstanding community service to Naval Hospital beneficiaries and staff. 

Click here to see a list of past award winners.


The DCMS-Navy Dinner provides an opportunity for Medical Society members to hear an update on the latest successes and programs at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Each year, the Naval Hospital chooses a keynote speaker to make a presentation during the dinner. 

 Keynote Speaker for 2019


Rear Admiral Darin K. Via

Deputy Chief, of Medical Operations (M3)

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

"Boardroom to Battlefield:  Physicians Leading Healthcare Delivery Change”


Rear Adm. Darin K. Via is a native of Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millikin University.  Via enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserve in 1985 as a Hospital Corpsman.  In 1987 he was discharged and entered active duty as an Ensign at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1991.  Via completed a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2014.

Via’s professional training includes a transitional internship and anesthesiology residency at the National Naval Medical Center and a trauma anesthesia fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland.  He is qualified as an undersea and diving medical officer.

He has served in various positions throughout Navy Medicine to include staff anesthesiologist, National Naval Medical Center and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP); vice chairman, Uniformed Services University; chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, NMCP; operative support service line leader, NMCP;  director for Surgical Services, NMCP; deputy commander, NMCP; and commanding officer, NMCP.

Operationally, he served as department head, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two; command surgeon, Combat Support Squadron Eight; department head USNS Comfort (TAH-20) during Operation Noble Eagle; department head, Fleet Hospital Three, 1st Force Service Support Group (1st FSSG), Camp Viper, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and commanding officer, NATO Role Three, Multi-national Medical Unit and commander, Task Force Medical South, Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  Via also served as the command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he directed and oversaw all force health protection, warfighter mission medical readiness, and strategic medical efforts in the Pacific.  Via was selected the first Navy medical officer to serve as U.S. Central Command surgeon responsible for all Health Services Support in theater and was the sole advisor to the commander on all medical matters in the most kinetic combatant command.  During his tour at U.S. Central Command, he was also selected to serve as the commanding officer, Navy Administrative Element, U.S. Central Command.

His professional activities include being a certified physician executive and associate professor, Uniformed Services University.  He has prior service as an American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board examiner and has held numerous leadership positions within the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists.

He currently serves as the deputy chief of medical operations (M3) Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.





Our 2019 DCMS-Navy Dinner is taking place on April 9 at 6:00 pm! Tickets are $54.95 per person.


Late registration ticket price $59.99 after March 15.


Register now!

Important Base Security Procedures:

-Attendees WITH Base Vehicle Decals/DOD ID Cards: Proceed to Yorktown Gate. Driver presents Security Guard DOD ID card; all passengers in car must also present a picture ID.

-Attendees WITHOUT Base Vehicle Decals/DOD ID Cards: Attendees without vehicle decals/DOD IDs must be on the Registration List provided to Base Security. Security REQUIRES that the Registration List include full name (first, middle initial, last) AND date of birth.

-Directions: Enter Yorktown (Main) Gate. Stop in Security Parking Lot on right (just past Security Office, Bldg. 9), pick up base pass from authorized Naval Hospital representative. Drive to the gate and present pass and picture ID to Security Guard as you enter the base. All passengers in car must also present a picture ID.

Sponsorship of the DCMS-Navy Dinner gives an organization and its representatives an opportunity to network with Navy and civilian physicians, as well as leadership from both arenas. There are opportunities to exhibit and showcase your business, and to get recognition as a supporter. 

For information on sponsorship, please contact Sallie Baumann at or by phone at (904) 355-6561 ext. 2002.

Thank you to our 2019 event Sponsors:






Want More Information?

Please don't hesitate to contact Sallie Baumann at 904-355-6561 ext. 2002 or with any questions about the DCMS-Navy Dinner.