Commander Erik P. Voogd is a graduate of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed residency training in Anesthesiology and additional Fellowship training in Pain Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). He is currently a staff anesthesiologist and pain physician at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in the state of California.
Previously, CDR Voogd served as a Nuclear-Qualified Machinist Mate on the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Texas CGN-39 performing 2 deployments for counter-narcotics operations, RIMPAC 1990, and as the flagship of mine countermeasure group 5 in the northern Arabian Gulf during Desert Storm. Later he became a Hospital Corpsman with the USMC achieving the rank of HM1 (E-6) before completing his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and being selected for medical school.
After medical school he attended flight school to become a flight surgeon and after his graduation in Pensacola, Florida he was in Iraq with his USMC squadron involved in major combat operations in southern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom I (OIF I) in 2003 returning again in 2004 and 2005 for OIF II & III.
After completion of his residency training he completed a staff tour as an anesthesiologist and the Chief of the Medical Staff at Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before returning to complete his Fellowship in Pain Medicine and performing another staff tour at NMCP.
In 2013 Dr. Voogd deployed with the U.S. Army as an Individual Augmentee to the Combined JointSpecial Operations Taskforce Afghanistan (3rd Special Forces Group) as an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist as part of a small Forward Surgical Element designed to provide 'life and limb-saving surgery' in an austere environment in a remote outpost in Northeastern Afghanistan.