Christian J. Rivera, Independent Duty Corpsman with the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Get to know Independent Duty Corpsman Christian J. Rivera, who serves patients in North Chicago, Illinois.

Christian is an independent duty corpsman (IDC) who is affiliated with the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, opened Oct. 1, 2010, and is the United States’ first federal health care center that partners the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense into a single, fully integrated federal health care facility. The mission of the Center is to lead the way for federal health care by providing a quality, patient-centered experience and ensuring the highest level of operational medical readiness.


After the passing of his father in Iraq (Military) in 2005, Christian wanted to give great medical attention to the military. He attributes his success to knowing he is instilling knowledge in younger sailors to provide excellent medical care to others.


Christian is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The ASCP is a professional association based in Chicago, Illinois. It encompasses 130,000 pathologists and laboratory professionals. Founded in 1922, the ASCP provides programs in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and lab professionals.


Christian received his degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington D.C. He also received further training through the Naval School of Health Sciences / Surface Warfare Medical Institute.

Christian was honored to be selected as the Senior Sailor of the Year for the Directorate of Fleet Medicine (2018-2019).

Independent Duty Corpsmen (IDCs) are specialized hospital corpsmen who aspire to reach the pinnacle of Navy Medicine. These sailors serve on land or at sea alongside Navy and Marine Corps warfighters, and at isolated duty stations where no medical officer is assigned. IDCs fulfill a variety of critical duties in support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps mission. They serve as clinical or specialty technicians in more than 38 occupational specialties, including key administrative roles at military treatment facilities around the world. IDCs are assistants in the treatment and prevention of disease, and serve side-by-side with medical officers, doctors, dentists, and nurses. They can be found aboard ships and submarines or ashore throughout the United States and abroad.

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