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Dr. Alissa Speziale named ‘veteran of the year’

Oct. 5, 2016

Dr. Alissa Speziale named ‘veteran of the year’

Dr. Alissa Speziale received “Veteran of the Year” honor from State Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (left) during a ceremony Sept. 28, 2016 at Sharp Rees-Stealy Scripps Ranch. Pictured with Dr. Steve Green, Sharp Rees-Stealy Chief Medical Officer (right).

Dr. Alissa Speziale, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, was honored as 2016’s “Veteran of the Year” for her many contributions in the community during and after leaving the military. She served for 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R-77) bestowed the recognition.

“Commander Alissa Speziale has served our nation, its citizens and helped to defend the freedoms we all enjoy,” says Assemblyman Maienschein. “By continuing to serve our community after leaving the military, Dr. Speziale has contributed even more to making our region a better place for everyone.”

In addition to caring for her Sharp Rees-Stealy patients, Dr. Speziale serves on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s San Diego Chapter Medical Advisory Board, and has worked with and cared for homeless veterans in the community. And as a volunteer internist at St. Vincent de Paul Community Clinic, she has cared for more than 200 people needing medical attention. She is also in the Naval Reserves Operation Health Support Unit.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my service to our country and my community,” Dr. Speziale said at the award event. “I share this with my fellow veterans who give back to our country every day.”

She says she never planned to leave the Navy unless a job opened up at Sharp Rees-Stealy, which it did. She’s been with the group since 2012.

Among her many military highlights, Dr. Speziale cared for more than 100 wounded U.S. troops and oversaw the medical care of detainees during a 2004 deployment to Al Q’aim, Iraq.

For the news media: To talk with Dr. Speziale about her award for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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