Bob Kiser

Bob Kiser, MD, MBA, MA, MSS, MTh, MS, FAAFP

Professor Clinical and Applied Science Education

Dr. Bob Kiser was born in Tachikawa AFB, Japan into a career Army family. After graduating from Miami Killian Senior High School in Miami, Florida, he attended Abilene Christian University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology and the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree. A lifelong learner, Dr. Kiser has additionally earned graduate degrees in social science, strategy and policy, business administration (with a concentration in strategic leadership), theology, and bioethics.

He has served in the Navy for most of his adult life, joining as a medical student and eventually retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2012 after 30+ years of service. He held a wide range of jobs during his time in the Navy, including assignments as a staff physician both at sea and at various shore facilities, a faculty physician at various teaching hospitals, the Director of Residency Training at the largest Family Medicine residency in the Navy, and selection as the Family Medicine Specialty Leader, where he was responsible for leadership and management of the largest physician specialty community in the Navy, a cadre of over 500 souls. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Kiser has also had the privilege to serve as the Commanding Officer at the United States Naval Hospital Guam, a community hospital in the Western Pacific; the Surgeon for the United States Pacific Fleet; the Chief Medical Officer for Navy Medicine; and the Commander of Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, a large academic medical center and multi-specialty teaching hospital. Most recently he served as the inaugural Commandant of the Medical Education & Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, successfully bringing together a mixture of service cultures and training programs to enhance training through the establishment of a new higher standard for medical enlisted education for all the uniformed services.

He joined the faculty of the University of the Incarnate Word upon his transition from active Naval service in September 2012, holding the academic rank of Professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kiser enjoyed previous academic appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington. He has published and lectured widely on various topics in both national and international venues, including professional development and ethos, leadership, ethics, medical humanities, humanitarian response to disaster, evidence-based healthcare, and change management.

  • Master of Ministry, Newburgh Theological Seminary, 2007
  • M.B.A., Western Governors University, 2006
  • M.S.S., Air War College, 2004
  • M.A. in Social Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 1993
  • M.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine, 1978
  • Attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology.