Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
AFRRI, Room 3176G
Phone: (301) 295-2642
Commander, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Michael E. Stevens, Jr. (Mike) is currently an active duty Navy Commander serving in the Medical Service Corps as an Industrial Hygiene Officer. He began service in the military in 1992, reporting to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, for Army Basic Training, with subsequent medical laboratory training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. During his 6 years of honorable service in the Army, he completed tours of duty at the 45th Field Hospital at Camp Darby, Italy, as laboratory non-commissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC) and subsequently as an NCO at Ft. McClellan Noble Army Hospital in Anniston, Alabama. Commander Stevens received a direct commission into the Navy Medical Service Corps in late 1998, shortly after completion of his Army service.
After successfully completing Navy Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island, in May 1999, he was assigned to the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 2 command in Norfolk, Virginia. While stationed at NEPMU-2, CDR Stevens conducted Industrial Hygiene surveys onboard various classes of naval vessels, ranging from fast attack submarines to guided missile destroyers, which involved conducting comprehensive workplace walkthroughs, monitoring with air and noise sampling instrumentation and providing assistance in correcting any noted deficiencies. Additionally, he taught several microscopy courses for the identification of asbestos fibers to civilian and military members, to include Bulk Asbestos Identification using Polarized Light Microscopy, as well as the Phased Contrast Microscopy NIOSH 582 course.
He was next assigned to the aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), on Naval Air Station North Island (San Diego, CA). While there, he provided occupational safety, health and environmental consultation and guidance for over 5,200 aircraft carrier and air wing personnel, while operating in high risk, time compressed environments, ranging from wartime operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the North Arabian Sea to intensive industrial shipyard periods. Commander Stevens then followed with assignment to Naval Hospital Portsmouth (Virginia) in the Hampton Roads area, as staff Industrial Hygienist and the Chemical and Biological Assessment Team Department Head, in which his duties involved providing CBRE detection monitoring and casualty decontamination in the event of a CBRE/HAZMAT incident.
Upon selection for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) in 2005, CDR Stevens began doctoral studies at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland, with a concentration in field-portable, trace level toxic chemical sampling and analysis. He successfully defended his dissertation and earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science at USU in October 2009.
From 2008 to 2011, CDR Stevens was assigned as environmental health analyst at the National Center for Medical Intelligence at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, providing predictive force health protection analysis for European, African and Southern Commands, elected officials and policymakers, as well as the Navy SG. While at NCMI, he was assigned on temporary duty to U.S. Southern Command as the NCMI Subject Matter Expert covering medical capabilities, infectious disease and environmental health threats and led a team of seasoned analysts in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE in the wake of the January 2010 Haitian Earthquake. In September 2011, CDR Stevens checked onboard USU as an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine and Biometrics Department (Occupational and Environmental Health Science Division). He is the analytical instrumentation laboratory manager and is currently major advisor to 3 doctoral candidates and committee member/technical advisor for 3 additional MSPH within the OEHS division. He has successfully guided 8 joint service Doctoral and Master's graduates to date.
Interest areas are developing/evaluating novel sampling and analysis methodologies for chemical compounds of military and occupational health relevance.
Stevens et al., (Submitted for publication, Oct 2013). Influence of fast temperature program rates on chemical warfare agent gas chromatography retention index values. Journal of Chromatography.
Hout, J., Knapik, J., White, D., Stevens, M., Stubner, A., (Accepted for Publication, Aug 2013). O-Chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS riot control agent) exposures in a U.S. basic combat training cohort. Journal of Environmental Health.
Stevens et al., (Accepted for Publication, Aug 2013). Application of a high surface area solid phase microextraction air sampling device: collection and analysis of chemical warfare agent surrogate and degradation compounds. Analytical Chemistry.
Strating, S., White, D., Stevens, M., Smith, P. A., (Accepted for Publication, July 2013). Short duration needle trap sampling with gas chromatography analysis to determine nearly instantaneous concentrations of selected organic vapor contaminants. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
Smith, P.A., Kluchinsky, T.A., Savage, P.B., Erickson, R.P, Lee, A.P., Williams, K., Stevens, M., Thomas, R.J.. (2002). Traditional sampling with laboratory analysis and solid phase microextraction sampling with field gas chromatography/mass spectrometry by military industrial hygienists. AIHA Journal, 63(3), 284-292.