Serving MacDill AFB, Florida and other components worldwide
Colonel (Dr.) Eveline F. Yao
DVBIC Site Director
Colonel (Dr.) Eveline F. Yao is the Commander, 96th Medical Group, 96th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. She is responsible for advising the Installation Commander on all medical matters as the Director of Base Medical Services as well as providing health care to over 92,000 beneficiaries in the Eglin area. She directs medical planning and operations to meet peacetime medical contingencies and wartime deployments in support of combatant commanders. Colonel Yao oversees six squadrons; 20 facilities in over 621,000 square feet; and executes a $160M budget for a 55-bed Military Treatment Facility with 29 clinics, seven operating rooms and 67 clinical services with 340 credentialed providers.
Col Yao was commissioned into the Air Force in 1991 and holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Illinois. She began her Air Force career as a family practice physician and earned her wings as a flight surgeon in 2000. She then graduated from the Residency of Aerospace Medicine in 2005. Col Yao’s previous tours include Commander, 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Deputy Director, Medical Services, Air Force Medical Operations Agency. She is dual board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and she is a certified medical acupuncturist. She has deployed five times in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, served three times as the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component Surgeon, and has stepped foot on all seven continents.
The USSOCOM Command Surgeon focuses support to the commander’s three priorities of win, transform and people. People are our most precious asset. We support the nation’s most elite warfighters with our priority being Special Operations Forces warriors and their families. Our preservation of the force and family efforts focus on a return on investment for our operators and their families through the four pillars: spiritual, psychological, social and human performance.
Current USSOCOM research studies include the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of TBI and post-traumatic stress and clinical evaluation of the use of transcranial electrical stimulation to modulate sleep and pain. We are also directly and indirectly supporting studies on low-level blast effects and blast surveillance with the goal to rapidly operationalize the results and recommendations.