Surgeon Vice Admiral Naveen Chawla, VSM has assumed appointment of Director General Medical Services (Navy) on 28 Jan 21. Prior to assuming the present appointment, the Flag Officer held the coveted appointment of Director General Hospital Services (AF) in the office of DGAFMS.
An alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune he was commissioned on 17 Dec 1983 in the Armed Forces Medical Services.
During Naveen Chawla 37 years of service, the Flag Officer has held numerous important administrative and staff appointments like Director General Hospital Services (Armed Forces), Command Medical Officer, HQWNC and Executive Officer, INHS Asvini. He has the unique distinction of Commanding two out of three largest Indian Naval Hospitals, namely INHS Asvini and INHS Sanjivani.
The Flag Officer has served on several afloat platforms including Fleet Medical Officer of the Eastern Fleet.
He is a renowned teacher and in addition to being the Professor of Pathology is also an MD examiner at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.For his dedication and devotion to the service, the Flag Officer was awarded VSM in 2015.