Joel T. Moncur, MS, MD, PhD, FCAP
Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Director, The Joint Pathology Center
National Capital Region Medical Directorate
Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Colonel Joel T. Moncur is a native of California. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biopsychology (with Honors) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School (Geisel School of Medicine) and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Dartmouth College. Colonel Moncur was commissioned in the US Army Medical Corps in 1993. His post graduate training included a transitional internship and pathology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Colonel Moncur is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Molecular and Genetic Pathology.
Colonel Moncur became the Director of the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) in August of 2018. His priorities as Director are: 1) To provide the military and VA healthcare systems with comprehensive, high quality secondary pathology consultations 2) To digitally transform the Joint Pathology Center repository and to ethically use the data to develop artificial intelligence algorithms 3) To conduct pathology research and education in support of a ready medical force, a medically ready force and Veteran's health.
Before serving as JPC Director, COL Moncur spent 19 years (1999-2018) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Washington DC) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD). While at Walter Reed, he served as the Chief of Pathology (2013-2018), Interim Chief of Anatomic Pathology (2012-2013), Director of the Molecular Pathology (2004-2018), Director of Clinical Research (2009-2011) and Director of the Autopsy Service (2004-2007).
Colonel Moncur has spent the majority of his career addressing issues in the field of molecular pathology. He has served as a subject matter expert for the Defense Health Agency for policy decisions about molecular testing. He also serves as the Chair of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Molecular Oncology Committee, which oversees proficiency testing and develops accreditation standards for clinical molecular oncology laboratories.
Colonel Moncur's military education includes completion of the Combat Casualty Care Course (1999), Captain's Career Course (2009) and the Command and General Staff College (2014, top 20% of class). His military awards include the Army Service Ribbon (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), National Defense Service Medal (1), Army Superior Unit Award (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1), Army Commendation Medal (1), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (2) and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1). Colonel Moncur was honored in 2019 with the naming of the Walter Reed Pathology Conference Room as the Colonel Joel T. Moncur Conference Room. He is the recipient of the U.S. Army's 'A' Proficiency Designator.