Deputy Surgeon General Joseph Caravalho, Jr. (’79) M.D.

B.A., Mathematics

For the men and women who have allowed me to see all the possibilities in life, or have encouraged, supported, coached, taught and mentored me over the years, I can never repay them individually. But with the way the Army works, I repay them by mentoring the next generation of military leaders."

Title: Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army
Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Deputy Surgeon General Joseph Caravalho ('79) lives by the Command Philosophy: KNOW your job and the environment within which you are operating; ACT with adaptability and accountability; DO serve others before self within high legal, moral and ethical standards; maintain balance and HAVE FUN!

Gonzaga Connections

  • GAMP Mentor
  • Lifetime ROTC Alumni Association Member

After graduating from Gonzaga with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Caravalho attended the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences, where he earned his medical degree. He is also an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.

Caravalho, an Army Ranger and Special Forces Soldier, attributes the beginnings of his success to Brother Farrell, who, as a teacher at St. Louis High School in Hawaii, was the first mentor to tell Caravalho he could be anything to which he set his mind.

During his military career, Deputy Surgeon General Caravalho has had a number of assignments and held command on several occasions. Earlier in his clinical career, he served as a staff internist, nuclear medicine physician and cardiologist. He has earned numerous medals and badges, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Flight Surgeon and SCUBA Badges, just to name a few. He is currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA.