As a young girl growing up in Plant City, Florida, Capt. Kimberly P. Toone, M.D. ’97, M.P.H., learned that with the right support and a bit of toughness, there are no limits to what you can do. The 2017 College of Medicine Wall of Fame inductee has exemplified this success throughout her 29 years of service with the U.S. Navy.
After being commissioned in December 1993 and graduating from medical school at UF in 1997, Toone completed a pediatrics internship, family medicine residency and aerospace medicine residency program with the Navy. She has served as a flight surgeon, senior medical officer and executive officer through multiple deployments and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions around the world, including deploying with the hospital ship USNS Mercy over the summer as part of Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Toone has also coordinated medical support for all Naval Aviation assets on the east coast of the continental U.S. as the force surgeon for Naval Air Forces Atlantic.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work I’ve done with Navy medicine for sailors and Marines throughout my 20 years of service,” she said after her 2017 Wall of Fame induction. “It’s exceptional that UF recognizes a career such as mine, which is outside the typical realm of clinical or research work.”
In September, Toone began her new assignment as Commanding Officer of Navy Medicine Operational Training Command, which trains health care professionals and military personnel in lifesaving medicine and is headquartered in Pensacola, Florida.
“It is very rewarding with the experience the Navy has provided me in over 20 years of active duty to be able to guide the education of those now using that experience and to return the benefits that I’ve received to the next generation,” she said.