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Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Portsmouth

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP)

Captain Brian Feldman, Medical Corps, United States Navy

Commanding Officer NMRTC,
Director NMCP

Captain Feldman is a native of San Diego, California the son of a Naval Flight Officer. A graduate of Duke University with a dual degree in biomedical and electrical and computer engineering in 1997, he was accepted to the Health Professions Scholarship Program and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk Virginia in 2001.
After completing residency at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth he served as a staff Pediatrician at the Halyburton Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point. He was selected for specialty training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a 2 year cancer prevention fellowship and earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology with research on the
associations between perinatal vitamins and cancer.



Captain Joel M. Schofer, Medical Corps, United States Navy

Executive Officer, NMRTC


Captain Joel M. Schofer is a native of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, and received his  Bachelor of Science from Ursinus College. Commissioned in 1997, he earned  his Doctor of Medicine from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in 2001.

He  completed his Emergency Medicine residency as Academic Chief Resident at  Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2006 and a fellowship in Emergency  Ultrasound at Christiana Care Health System in 2009. He received his  Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate  School in 2014. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College Fleet Seminar  Program (Joint Professional Military Education or JPME I) and Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University (JPME II). 

Captain Schofer has served in a number of operational roles. In 2002, he served as a General Medical  Officer with the United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, California, where he deployed in support  of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom I. In 2010, he deployed as an individual augmentee with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Pearl Harbor. From 2015 to 2016, Captain Schofer served as  the Commander of the Joint Medical Group and Joint Task Force (JTF) Surgeon, JTF GTMO. From 2018  to 2019, he served as the Executive Officer of Expeditionary Medical Facility Juliet.



Mercedes N, Cleveland, United States Navy

Command Master Chief NMRTC

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Master Chief Cleveland began her naval career in November 1994 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, where she attended boot camp and Hospital Corpsman “A” School.  She went on to serve her first tour of duty at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, charting a course toward Field Medical Service School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and the completion of her technical proficiency in Surgical Technologist “C” School at the Naval School of Health Sciences, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Her sea assignments include the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia; 3rd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Kinser, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan; and Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, Naval Support Activity, Indian Head, Maryland.  Master Chief Cleveland has completed three deployments during USS Kearsarge’s designation as flagship for Amphibious Task Force East and primary Casualty Receiving Ship for Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Shinning Express (a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation during the 2nd Liberian Civil War), and Operation Iraqi Freedom III.  Additionally, she augmented the operations of several multinational, humanitarian, and emergency response missions in support of Balikatan, PHIBLEX, Cobra Gold, and Operation Tomodachi.



NMCP Mission Statement

We are the premier training platform providing superior medical care for warfighters and their families. We maximize readiness and forge a skilled, adaptable, and operational medical force for the fight tonight.


2023 Change of Command

*Updated 20 March 2023
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