Dr. Arthur Kelleher was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Medical Corps in 1976 following his Graduation from the University of Scranton. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1980 and following his internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego he reported to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola FL. Following completion of the prescribed course of training he was designated a Naval Flight Surgeon and received his wings in 1982.
The next four years saw multiple deployments with Patrol Squadron 24 to Rota, Spain and Keflavik, Iceland, with Carrier Airwing 17 aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) and with Carrier Airwing 15 aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). In recognition of his outstanding performance and dedication to duty, he was honored to be chosen as the United States Navy and Marine Corps Flight Surgeon of the Year in 1983.
He then returned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed his Residency in Anesthesiology. He served in a deployed position with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1991 he transferred from Active Duty to the Active Reserve and retired in 2000, having attained the Rank of Captain.
Following his retirement he served for 5 years on the Board of Directors of Servicemember's Legal Defense Network, a non-profit organization which provided free legal services to anyone affected by Don't Ask Don't Tell and was the lead organization that lobbied for and spearheaded the ultimate repeal of DADT.
Dr. Kelleher is presently the President and CFO of Balboa Anesthesia Group and is in full time private practice in San Diego, CA.