School of Nursing

SNAA Awards 2018

2018 Alumnus of the year - Captain John T. Mallos

Portrait of  Captain John T. Mallos in front of flags

The OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association (SNAA) is proud to recognize John T. Mallos, M.N., R.N., '98, Captain (Retired), United States Public Health Service, as the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award for 2018.

Captain Mallos received his baccalaureate degree with highest honors in 1998. He went on to work at Doernbecher Children's Hospital before being commissioned as an officer in the United States Public Health Service.

His achievements on behalf of public health services, both within and outside the United States, have been nothing short of extraordinary. His impact has been felt within the Navajo tribe, where he developed culturally-relevant patient care policies and innovative quality care plans that expanded access to healthcare within the Navajo Reservation.

Recognizing his experiences in emergency management, he was transferred to the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated more than 83 missions for the Public Health Service, and was instrumental in the Service's largest-ever response –to Hurricane Katrina. His experiences there resulted in his developing deployment guidelines and training modules for nearly 7,000 officers. These documents still inform and guide the Service's response to natural and man made disasters.

As a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Captain Mallos has been centrally involved in a number of key national and international initiatives: pandemic preparedness across the U.S. These include the rollout of Medicare Part D;the first Strategic Economic Dialogue with the People's Republic of China;the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Malaria Program, international health ministers' meetings in Vienna, Geneva, Panama and Brazil.

As Deputy Director of the Office of Global Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration, he has brought nursing leaders from outside the U.S. to share experiences that ultimately enrich the nursing practice here and abroad.

In addition, he provided oversight and leadership for the Medical and Nursing Education Program Initiatives under the President's Emergency Preparedness for AIDS Relief in Africa.

Immediately prior to his 2017 retirement, Captain Mallos served as Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator of the Health Systems Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. In this role, he continually emphasized the expanding role of nursing both in the U.S. and internationally.Throughout all this activity Captain Mallos has been a mentor to senior and junior nurses at all stages of their career. Captain Mallos received the Distinguished Service Medal –the highest award available within the U.S. Public Health Service –in 2017. But, as his nominator, Kerry Paige Nesseler, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N., Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, notes, "What Captain Mallos holds closest to his heart are not the medals pinned to his uniform but the opportunity he has had to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation.

""As the butler, Alfred, said to Batman in Batman Returns, 'If not you, then who? If not now, when?'" said Captain Mallos. "This was often re-quoted to me by a former commanding officer, Rear Admiral John Babb. He was inspirational in encouraging us to do things outside our comfort zones when faced with adversity, or in solving problems in times of great need."

The School of Nursing Alumni Association recognizes the extraordinary service and contributions to improving human health and health care made daily by graduates of the school. For more information about the SNAA awards program, and to receive further information about nominating an individual, please email