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Naval Medical Center San Diego

Location:  San Diego, California

Number of Graduate Medical Education Programs:  20

Number of Graduate Allied Health Education Programs:  8

Total Number of Residents/Fellows:  325 - 375 annually

Number of Inpatient Beds:  132 (110 medical/surgical/OB/ICU and 22 adult mental health)

Major Inpatient Clinical Services:  Medical-Surgical Adult and Pediatric Inpatient Services, Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Labor & Delivery (L&D), Post-Partem Care Unit, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry

Number of Operating Rooms:  18 (currently staffed for 12 per day)

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About Us

Located on Florida Drive, adjacent to Balboa Park, Naval Medical Center San Diego is the most technologically advanced Navy medical treatment facility. Nicknamed, Balboa, the Pride of Navy Medicine, the hospital has played a vital role in the history of San Diego for more than 80 years. From the original tent dispensary established in 1917, to the high-tech, ultra-modern facility of the 1990s, the mission has remained constant to provide the finest medical care in a family-centered care environment to the operational forces, their families, and to those who served their country in the past.

There are almost a quarter of a million people in San Diego County eligible to receive care at the Naval Medical Center. This care is provided by a military and civilian staff of more than 6,000 people. To augment that staff and to expand the scope of services available to its patient population, Naval Medical Center San Diego has taken the lead in introducing many innovative partnership and resource sharing programs with civilian providers.

NMCSD is first and foremost a military command. The center has five medical mobilization teams including the hospital ship USNS Mercy whose personnel are drawn from the hospital staff. These teams deploy to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia at various times during the year. It is the center’s mission to ensure Sailors and Marines onboard those ships have access to quality medical care, if needed.

Throughout its proud history, NMCSD has established itself as a leader in the field of medicine. That reputation for excellence continues today as the staff propels NMCSD into the 21st century.


Our mission is to:

  • Prepare to deploy in support of operational forces
  • Deliver quality health services
  • Shape the future of military medicine through education, training, and research


Be the nation's premier Military Medical Center, providing world-class care anytime and anywhere!


We accomplish our mission by living our shared values of Service, Stewardship, Teamwork, and Innovation.


We believe:

  • Staff are our most important resource.
  • Patients are our focus.
  • Success is judged by those we serve.
  • Service, professionalism, respect, teamwork, safety, and compassion are valued.
  • Building a healthy workforce, preventing casualties, and casualty care are the cornerstones of our practice.
  • Quality healthcare is centered on families and communities.
  • Structured and disciplined resource decisions lead to sound business practices.
  • Communication, coordination, and cooperation are critical to success.
  • Continuous improvement is essential to quality healthcare and patient safety. 
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