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Dr. Wagner heads Navy dental corps

Dr. Wagner heads Navy dental corps
Dr. Wagner

Washington—Dr. Elaine C. Wagner, an ADA member and Navy captain, was appointed as the 36th chief of the Navy Dental Corps at an Aug. 13, 2010, ceremony where she relieved Rear Adm. Richard C. Vinci, who continues as deputy chief, logistics and installations for U.S. Navy Medicine after three years' service as dental chief. Capt. Wagner was selected recently for promotion to the rank of rear admiral.

"During her impressive career as a Navy dentist, Capt. Wagner has distinguished herself as an educator and leader, not only in the dental community but the medical community as well," the announcement said. "In 2003, she was assigned as director of women's, children's and community health at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and later served as the executive officer at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. From 2006 to 2010, Capt. Wagner served as commanding officer of three major Navy hospital commands: Naval Hospital Beaufort, S.C.; Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait, and Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport, R.I."

An Indiana University School of Dentistry graduate, she completed her pediatric dentistry residency at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis in 1982. Dr. Wagner is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.