Michele Kane


Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Ph.D in Nursing Science Program
Assistant Professor
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
combat casualty care
operational nursing
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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD)
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, December 2008
Dissertation: Cytotoxic and Genotoxic Effects of Weapons Grade Tungsten Alloy Heavy Metal on L6 and C2Cl2 Muscle Cells
1st Navy Nurse to graduate from the USU Nursing PhD Program Dean: Ada Sue Hinshaw, Graduate School of Nursing Advisor/Dissertation Chair: Dr. Christine Kasper, FAAN, FASCM

Georgetown University (Georgetown, D.C.)
School of Nursing and Health Sciences, 2005
1st Nurse from USU to attend the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute 2005 received an advance certification in the area of molecular genetics in research, health and society.

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Master of Nursing Administration, December 1999

Oxford University
Hertford College
United Kingdom
Master's Scholar
June, 1999

Auburn University (Montgomery, AL)
Bachelor of Nursing Science, May 1992

Naval Executive Leadership and Ethics Course
Executive Development Program
A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority Naval War College
Newport, RI
15 December 20 I 7

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Patient Safety Executive Development Program Boston, MA
Sept 7-13 2017

The Joint Commission (In-Residence) High Reliability Chief Medical Officer Fellowship
Chicago, IL Oct 2016

Navy Senior Executive Leadership School
Naval Post Graduate School
Monterey, California
Oct 2014

Endowed Professorship to Auburn University of Montgomery and Auburn University
School of Nursing Montgomery, Alabama June 2013
Dean: Ramona Lazenby

Wharton School of Business
Johnson and Johnson Wharton School of Business for Senior Nurse Executives Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 2010


Michele A. Kane, PhD
Captain, Nurse Corps, United States Navy

In 1986, Captain Kane entered into the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and went through the BDCP Commissioning Program. Captain Kane, a native of Alabama, graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 1998, she attended the Honors Master’s program at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and in 1999 she earned her MSN in Nursing Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Captain Kane received her Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in cellular study related to Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Effects of Weapons Grade Tungsten Alloy in C2C12 and L6 Muscle Cell in 2008 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Captain Kane was name selected to attend the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Fellowship at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 2010. From 2011-2014, as the first Navy Chief of the Centers for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Captain Kane promoted, executed and monitored vital research activities, evidence-based practice development, and application of scientific knowledge in the largest Level III Joint Department of Defense (DoD) Medical Center. In 2014-2016, Captain Kane was the first Navy Nurse assigned as the Executive Assistant to Lieutenant General Douglas Robb, Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Arlington, Virginia. She was name selected by the Nurse Corps Chief to participate on the FY13 Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives team. She led a key Navy Nurse Corps strategic initiative by developing a regional "Culture of Inquiry" and teaching evidence-based practice to more than 250 NCA nurses. From 2106-2018, Captain Kane was the Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and was the driving force behind the development of the MHS High Reliability Operating Model designed to improve quality and eliminate preventable patient harm with execution points at DHA HQ that have drawn accolades from higher authority. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at multiple civilian universities and is a preeminent scientist, consultant and faculty for research schools and other educational programs within the National Capitol Region, Washington, DC. She has been stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois, Newport, Rhode Island, Jacksonville, Florida, Keflavik, Iceland, and aboard the USNS Comfort, National Naval Medical Center. She has also served as an Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General and many Flag Officers. From 2018-2020, Captain Kane was the executive officer of Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, supporting the primary mission to conduct gap driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of DoD personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor within the PhD Graduate School of Nursing and serves as the Senior Navy Advisor to the Dean.

Captain Kane's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, three Naval Achievement Medals with Overseas Service Ribbon, in addition to various research and publication awards, unit and service medals.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

PhD in Nursing Science. Area of study Potential Cytotoxic and Genotoxic Effects of Tungsten Alloy in C2Cl2 and L6 muscle cells (in vitro study).

1st Nurse to attend the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute

2014, Awarded Distinguished Alumni Award, Auburn University, Montgomery, AL 06 May 2014.

2011, Received the Admiral Mary Hall Award for superior publication: Development of an evidence-based pressure ulcer program at the National Naval Medical Center: nurses' role in risk factor assessment, prevention, and intervention among young service members returning from OIF/OEF

2010, Honored by Auburn University in Montgomery as one of their top 40 alumni

2008, 1st Navy Nurse Awarded Best in Research AMSUS

2008, 1st Navy Nurse to receive the prestigious Uniformed Service University Board of Regents Scholastic Award for Research

2008, 1st Navy Nurse Awarded the USU top award for Research Excellence, Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University

2008, 1st Navy Nurse Awarded the Dean's Choice in Who's Who in Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for outstanding merit in research

Awarded Nurse of the Year 2001 for Superior Nursing Achievements


Michele A. Kane, CDR, PhD, USN, Christine E. Kasper, PhD., and John F. Kalinich, PhD. (2008). Protocol for the Assessment of Potential Health Effects from Embedded Metal Fragments. Military Medicine Journal February 2008.

Michele Kane, CDR, PhD, USN, Christine E. Kasper, PhD, John F. Kalinich, PhD. The use of Established Skeletal Muscle Cell Lines to Assess Potential Toxicity from Embedded Metal Fragments. Submitted and approved to the Journal of Toxicology, March 2009 issue.

Completed a manuscript on MILNOD Results. Title: Nursing Satisfaction and Staffing Effectiveness: Understanding Differences in Nursing Satisfaction Related to Staffing Mix (2009). Key words: nursing satisfaction, staffing, RN.

Kane, Michele, CDR, PhD, USN, Aiken, Loretta, MSN, Cilento, Barbara, MSN (2009). The Lantern. Establishment of the First Nursing Storytelling Journal.

Crumbley, D and Kane, M (2010). The Development of an Evidence Based Pressure Ulcer Program at National Naval Medical Center: Nurses ' Role in the Assessment and Intervention of Risk Factors in Providing Pressure Ulcer Detection Among Young Service Members Returning from OIF/OEF. Nursing Clinics of North America, vol 45 (2), June 02, 2010, p15 3-168.

Williams, R., Gatien, G., Hagerty, Kane, M., Otto, L., Throop, M., (2011). Addressing Psychosocial Care Using a Website for Combat Wounded Patients. http://deploymentpsych.org/sites / default/files/blog/130711 _ CDP _Research_ Update.pdf

Kane, Michele et al (2015). Project SERVE Manuscript submitted to AMSUS Magazine

Kane, Michele et al (2017). Caring for the Veteran, Military and Family Member Nursing Competencies: Strategies for Integrating Content into Nursing School Curricula. Journal of Professional Nursing

Kane, Michele et al (2019). Nursing Combat Wound Care Clinical Practice Guideline for Nursing. Submitted to TSNRP.