Colonel Peter Tan

Colonel Peter Michael Tan completed Junior Army ROTC at St. John’s College High School, Washington, DC as a battalion commander in 1975. As an ROTC Early Commission Field Artillery officer, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame as a Notre Dame Scholar in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Preprofessional Studies. Colonel Tan attended Howard University College of Dentistry and was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medical Service Corps officer. Upon receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors, he began active duty at USA DENTAC, Fort Leavenworth, KS, serving as a general dentist and Chief, Restorative-Hygiene Department. He was selected for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Medicine-Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. He was selected a Fellow in craniofacial/maxillofacial surgery and oro-facial pain at St. Louis University School of Medicine/St. Mary’s Health Center. COL Tan received a dual Master of Science in Health Sciences degree at Touro University, College of Health Sciences, in Public Health and Emergency/Disaster Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, the Air War College, DOD Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, How the Army Runs (HTAR) Executive Course, the Company Commander/First Sergeant Course, and the Brigade Pre-Command/Command Sergeants Major Course. Colonel Tan is an owner/partner of Mid-Maryland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PA; former Section Chief for Frederick Memorial Hospital; past president of the Frederick County Dental Society; and is a past president of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, standing up a Tri-Service component at its House of Delegates. He is a past Chairman of the Board for the Anesthesia Research Foundation and past president of the Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is the 2016 recipient of the Horace Wells Club award in Anesthesiology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He has received Fellowships with the American and International College of Dentists, the American Association and the College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society. Colonel Tan is an Army Medicine Ambassador (Tier 3) for The Surgeon General of the Army; a previous member of the Dental Corps Executive Committee (DCEC); the former Chair of the Dental All Army Working Group (DAAWG) for the Army Dental Corps Chief, with oversight of Compo 2 (Army National Guard) and 3 (Army Reserves); a Co-Chair of the AMEDD IMA Corps Chiefs Working Group (AICCWG) with the Assistant Surgeon General, for the Army Deputy Surgeon General; and a Co-Chair of the Tri-Service Senior Reserve Leadership Working Group (TSSRLWG) with the Chief of Staff of the Navy Dental Corps and the Deputy Commanding General for AR-MEDCOM. Colonel Tan is the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) TPU 63N and 63R advisor and provides input to The Surgeon General’s Action Officer/Dental Consultants Working Group for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has served as a Recruitment-Retention officer and a subject matter expert for USAREC/AMEDD Recruiting/Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army, serving on the Grass Roots initiative for AMEDD and Weber-Shandwick.


Colonel Tan serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Army Dentistry (AAD), was the Vice-President of Membership for the Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM) serving GEN (Ret.) Eric Shinseki and MG (Ret.) Antonio Taguba and is a U.S. Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO). His previous duty assignments include: Commander, 185th Dental Company (Area Support); Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Dental Corps Chief, Liaison to the Army Dental Corps Chief and Senior Dental Staff Officer, Office of the Surgeon General; DIMA Commander, Europe Regional Dental Command; DIMA Commander, Pacific Regional Dental Command; Dental Consultant, DIMA Dental Corps; Oral Surgeon, 396th Combat Support Hospital; Officer-in-Charge, Dental Services, 2290th US Army Hospital; Oral Surgeon (IMA), USA DENTAC, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Oral Surgeon, 100th Station Hospital; Oral Surgeon, 25th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital; Dental Officer, 5506th Dental Service Detachment; Oral Surgeon, 82nd Field Hospital; Dental Officer, USA DENTAC, Fort Leavenworth; and Air Observer, 428th Field Artillery Brigade.Colonel Tan’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (Silver OLC), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one silver hourglass and mobilization devices, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with “Numeral 3”, Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has been awarded the “A” Proficiency Designator in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by The Surgeon General, the Army D7A Additional Skill Identifier by USA NORTHCOM, and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. He is a Life Member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Military Officers Association of America.

Colonel Tan and his wonderful wife Grace have 3 children and a grandson. Kristin Marie Tan and Jonathan Reagan, are parents to Aden Thomas; CPT Peter M. Tan, Jr. is married to Melissa Memenza and serves in the Army Dental Corps; and Ryan, who will be graduating Oakdale High School in June and attending West Virginia University in the Fall.