Nadja West started out as an orphan adopted into a family with 12 children. Today she is the top doctor in the U.S. Army, the first black Army Surgeon General, and the highest-ranking female graduate of West Point. Lt. Gen. Nadja West, U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of U.S. Army Medical Command Interviewer: Ellen McGirt, Fortune Subscribe to Fortune - FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand's mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Fortune Magazine is published by Time Inc.