Dr. Duane Caneva is a board-certified emergency medicine physician currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. In this role, he serves as an advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Countering WMD, the Secretary, and the Administrator to FEMA.
Prior to this he served at the White House National Security Council as Director for Medical Preparedness Policy, overseeing policy development and implantation on national biodefense, health sector preparedness, and chemical defense.
Prior to this he served as a Protective Medical Officer in the Operational Medicine Division of the Bureau of Medical Services at the US Department of State. In this role, he provided medical support to the protective detail that accompanies the Secretary of State during overseas travel and medical training at high threat diplomatic posts around the world.
Prior to joining the State Department, he served as Senior Medical Advisor to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the US Department of Homeland Security. Duties included serving as Medical Director for over 1000 Emergency Medical Technicians, advising the commissioner on the health and welfare of the 40,000 agents and officers of CBP, and advising on the health and welfare of those in the care and custody of CBP.
Prior to this, he served a 23 year career in the US Navy. His tours of duty included serving as Director, Emergency Preparedness on the staff of the Navy Surgeon General; Director of Medical Preparedness on the White House Homeland Security Council/National Security Staff; Head of the Shock Trauma Platoon at Fallujah Surgical, Camp Fallujah, Iraq; Senior Medical Officer for the US Marines Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF); Head of Emergency Medicine at US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; Undersea Medical Officer for Naval Special Warfare Group ONE; and Medical Officer on board the USS Kentucky (SSBN-737).
Dr. Caneva also served as the CBRN consultant to the Office of the Attending Physician at the US Capitol, as Adjunct Professor and as co-director of the post-graduate level Weapons of Mass Destruction Course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). A recognized subject matter expert in CBRN and emergency preparedness and response, he has participated in many national level committees, workshops, boards, and councils.
He recently completed Protective Services and High Threat Operations. Additional training includes emergency medicine residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the Navy’s Medicine in the Tropics Course, the US Navy Undersea Medicine and Diving Medicine Officer Course, and Army/Navy and Marine Corps Airborne certification. He holds an MD degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.