Michael T Rucker


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Assistant Clinical Site Director
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Research Interests:
Perioperative Diabetes Medication Management, Cost Effective Anesthesia, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (2016)
Uniformed Services University | Bethesda, MD

Bachelors of Science Nursing (2006)
Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY

Bachelors of Science Biology (2003)
Kentucky State University | Frankfort, KY


A native of Shelby County, Kentucky; LCDR Michael Rucker graduated cum laude with a BS Biology in 2003 from Kentucky State University. He entered the naval service through the Nurse Candidate Program in 2006 while enrolled in the accelerated BSN program in the school of Nursing at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.
Upon graduating Nursing school, he entered active service and was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, assigned as staff nurse on the inpatient pediatric ward and emergency medicine department. From 2009-2010, he was deployed to the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Lemonnier Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror. In 2010, he reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL where he served as staff nurse in the emergency medicine department and intensive care unit. LCDR Rucker graduated the Uniformed Services University Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2016. He served his utilization tour as a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth until 2018.

LCDR Rucker is certified by the National Board of Certification & Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife and children.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2007 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Junior Nurse Corps Officer of the Year

2016 Uniformed Services University Distinguished Academic Performance Award

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)

Navy and Marine Corps Accommodation Medal (4 awards)

Humanitarian Service Medal

Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa (2009-2010)

USNS Comfort, Hurrican Maria Relief Support, Puerto Rico (2017)

Implementation of a Standardized Preoperative Diabetes Medication Management Guideline and Its Effect on Day of Procedure Blood Glucose Levels (2016)