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Major General (Ret) Gale S. Pollock, CRNA, FACHE, FAAN-became a certified nurse anesthetist soon after her graduation from the University of Maryland.  She has a Master’s degree in Business, a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy.  She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. While in the Army, she served as the Commander of the US Army Medical Command and the Acting Surgeon General of the Army (the first woman, non-physician to have this role in any of the military services).  MG(R) Pollock was the 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.  She serves on multiple advisory boards and is the owner of Pollock Associates, LLC.  MG(R) Pollock established Elevivo, a software education platform addressing the needs of the visually impaired.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Academy of Nursing and certified as a Board Director by the National Board of Corporate Directors. 

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COL David R. King, MD, FACS is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.  He completed medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine followed by General Surgery training at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  He completed his Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.  

He has deployed multiple times to combat and humanitarian missions and supports the US Army Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg NC. His research interests include Self-Expanding Foams for Control of Intracavitary Hemorrhage as well as the Optimal use of tourniquets for extremity hemorrhage.  He currently is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital

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Brigadier General (Ret) Norvell “Van” Coots, MD retired  from the United States Army in 2016.  His final assignment was as the Commanding General of Regional Health Command Europe, and as the Command Surgeon for the US Army Europe and 7th Army.  His previous assignments have included Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Medical Command, the Assistant Surgeon General of the Army, and as the Surgeon General for the US Forces in Afghanistan.  From 2008- 2011, he served as the final Commander of the historic Walter Reed Healthcare System and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC.

    He is Board Certified in Dermatology, holds a Master's degree in Strategy from the Army War College, and a certification in advanced healthcare management from the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives.

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COL (Ret) Russ Kotwal, MD, MPH graduated from Texas A&M University and initially served in the Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer prior to attending the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Kotwal has completed 2 residencies, one in Family Medicine and the other in Aerospace Medicine and he holds a Masters of Public Health from UT Galveston.  Dr. Kotwal spent nearly 30 years in the military and more than 15 years in operational assignments with the 25th Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and U.S Army Special Operations Command. He deployed to combat 12 times with the Rangers.  Dr. Kotwal is also a master parachutist, master flight surgeon, and Ranger qualified. He is credited with numerous novel training and technology initiatives, professional publications, and presentations related primarily to prehospital medicine on the battlefield. Dr. Kotwal is an adjunct professor for both the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and USUHS. He has been an advisor for the Defense Health Agency’s Joint Trauma System and Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. 

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LTG (Ret.) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, FACP completed his internal medicine residency followed by fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Duke University and also earned a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.   He received his MD degree at the University of Michigan and holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. War College.  Dr. Schoomaker has held many assignments including Chief of the Army Medical Corps, oversight of all Army GME, command of two Army regional medical commands as well as the Eisenhower AMC in Fort Gordon, GA, the Walter Reed AMC in Washington, DC, and the Army’s Medical Research & Materiel Command. Ultimately, He served as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command.  He is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine at USUHS. He serves as a Senior Physician Consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the implementation of Veterans Whole Health.

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COL(R) Kent E. Kester, MD- received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and trained in Internal Medical at the University of Maryland which was followed by a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He then served as the infectious disease officer and Chief of the serology section at WRAIR the Walter Reed Army Institution of Research and then as the Chief of the Vaccine Development Program.  He filled several roles at WRAIR including Chief of Clinical Trials, director of regulated activities and ultimately served as the commander of WRAIR. He also was the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Research and the Associate Dean for clinical Research at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.  He currently serves as the Vice President of Translational Medicine at the International Aids Vaccine Initiative in New York. 

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COL(R) John B. Holcomb, M.D., FACS received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas and trained in General Surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. He later completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Tx.  He was the Director of the Joint Trauma Training Center in Houston and later served as the Commander of the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston Tx and was the Trauma consultant to the Army Surgeon General.   He deployed to multiple theatres of operations around the globe.  After retiring from the Army, Dr. Holcomb served as the Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research at UT Medical School in Houston for ten years.  He currently is a Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and holds the rank of Professor of Surgery at USUHS. He is a prolific researcher with millions of dollars in grant funding and over 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

Colonel (Ret.) Edward B. Lucci, M.D. graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and received his MD at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He completed a General Surgery Internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and then graduated from a Combined Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Madigan AMC and the University of Washington. He has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as an Emergency Medicine physician as well as a Senior Medical Advisor.  He is a subject matter expert in Regional Disaster Response as well as in the management of CBRN casualties.  He has provided medical support for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, the US Marshals Services and Congressional Delegations.  He was amongst the first medical responders to the Pentagon on 9/11.  He has served as the Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Walter Reed AMC and his current role is the Department of Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Officer and Staff EM Physician.   

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Brigadier General Shan K. Bagby earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Rutgers University on an ROTC scholarship. Following that, he earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He completed Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) residency training at Martin Luther King, Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, and fellowship training in OMS trauma surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has held several Commands and has deployed with the 561st Medical Company (Dental Services) to Southwest Asia.  He currently serves as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Regional Health Command-Central and as the Chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps. 

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COL(R) Robert S. Adams Jr., MD, MBA: After a 30+ year career in the Navy and Army, Dr. Adams established a successful private Family Medicine practice where he is now semi-retired and works part time in medical practice and as an author of several books.  He graduated from the Naval Academy and then became a Navy SEAL officer for 12 years reaching the rank of Commander.  He earned an MBA in Business Management at James Madison University. He then was awarded an Army Health Professions Scholarship and attended the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Adams completed residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.  Following training, Dr. Adams served in many important Army Medicine roles such as the Elite US Army Delta Force Command Surgeon and in medical leadership positions with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, NC.  He is a seasoned clinician and military officer with multiple deployments in support of operational missions. 

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Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham, M.D received his Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego.  He also completed subspecialty training as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Canada. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has served in various positions in Navy Medicine both in Graduate Medical Education roles and in operational and strategic leadership billets.  He served as the Pacific Fleet Surgeon and Fleet Surgeon and director, Health Services, U.S. Fleet Forces. RADM Gillingham currently serves as Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Ediger, MD received his MD degree at the University of Missouri and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio. Dr. Ediger trained in Family Medicine at Wake Forest University and subsequently completed an Aerospace Medicine Residency at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB, TX. He served as a Flight Surgeon for the 94th Fighter Squadron and was the Command Surgeon for several units including the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida, HQ U.S. Air Forces Europe and HQ Air Education and Training Command. Lt. Gen. Ediger deployed to Southwest Asia as the Commander of the 363rd Expeditionary Medical Group and later served as the Commander of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency.   Ultimately, He served as the 22nd Surgeon General of the Air Force.

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CSM Rodolfo (Rudy) Del Valle completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program in 1988 and initially served as Senior Medic for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  He performed a combat jump into Panama during Operation Just Cause and later was part of Operation Uphold Democracy. He has served in numerous senior enlisted roles including as First Sergeant of the 67th Combat Support Hospital Forward as part of Task Force Medical Falcon in Kosovo and as NCOIC of the Family Medicine Clinic and the Emergency Department at Madigan Army Medical Center.  He also held the role as Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. He served as CSM of the 16th MEDLOG BN in Korea and then later was selected for the role of Command Sergeant Major of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

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   Major General Philip Volpe, D.O. retired from the United States Army after 30 years of distinguished service. His final two duty assignments were as the Commanding General of the Army’s Western Regional Medical Command followed by being assigned as the Commanding General at the AMEDD Center and School in San Antonio, Texas where he led and managed education, training and doctrine development for Army Medicine.  Dr. Volpe received his D.O degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then trained and is board certified in Family Medicine. MG(R) Volpe has had numerous operational medicine assignment within the Special Operations Community and participated in a variety of deployments to include Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama, RESTORE HOPE in Somalia (Battle of Mogadishu-“Blackhawk Down Movie”), and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti in addition to Hurricane relief efforts.  Dr. Volpe is an AMEDD Senior Leader Mentor and serves on the board of the Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) as well as the Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

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CAPT (Dr.) Christine Sears currently serves as the U.S. Southern Command Surgeon. She received her BA degree in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.  She is a board-certified Urologist with residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  She is a seasoned clinician/educator and researcher and has served as Urology Faculty staff. She has also held multiple Navy senior leadership positions including Seventh Fleet Surgeon, Commander of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and Commanding officer of the USNS Comfort MTF. She has deployed multiple times in support of operational missions across the globe.

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Brigadier General (Dr.) Mary Krueger is the Commanding General of the Army Atlantic Regional Health Command.  BG Krueger received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Houghton College in 1991 and was commissioned through the Health Professions scholarship program. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Krueger completed residency training in Family Medicine as well as a Faculty Development Fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center.  She also received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington and a Masters in National Security from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy.  BG Krueger is a seasoned clinician educator and has held many important operational strategic leadership positions in Military Medicine including Family Medicine Residency Director at Fort Bragg, NC and Commander of Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. She has deployed multiple times in support of the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. 

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COL (Dr.) Michael Wirt, MD, PhD is currently the Chief of the Department of Radiology at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).  He enlisted in the Army and then was commissioned as a Chemical Corps Officer after completing Officer Candidate School.  He trained as a Diagnostic Radiologist at Tripler Army Medical Center and then completed a neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF.  HE served as Brigade Surgeon for the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan as the Combined Task Force Strike Surgeon. COL Wirt deployed again as the Officer-in-Charge of the United States Contingent at the United Kingdom’s Bastion Role 3 Hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan before assuming command of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.  COL Wirt served as the Eighth Army Command Surgeon in the Republic of Korea and later served as the Commander of BAMC.  COL Wirt is Board Certified in both Diagnostic and Neuroradiology and has served as the Radiology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General.

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COL Will Bimson is an Army Cardiologist.  He completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He is Ranger Qualified (attending Ranger School at age 42!) and has deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia.  He also has served as the 82nd Airborne Command Surgeon as well as the XVIII Corps Surgeon. During the Covid pandemic his role was as Chief of Clinical Operations in the 44th Medical Brigade where he assisted in setting up the Javits Medical Station in New York City.  He has served as Cardiology staff at Walter Reed, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital and at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He currently is attending the Army War College and is slated to take command of the 531st Hospital Center at Ft. Campbell, KY upon graduation. 

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Benjamin W. Starnes, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board certified vascular surgeon at Harborview Medical Center.  Dr. Starnes is a Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery for UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.  He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in complex aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes. Prior to accepting his position at the University of Washington, Dr. Starnes spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army serving three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq. He has been author or co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications.  On 9/11/2001 Dr. Starnes was a first responder to the Pentagon and is featured in the book, American Phoenix; Heroes of the Pentagon on 9/11. 

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Colonel (Ret) Peter G Napolitano MD holds academic appointments as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Washington (UW) and the same at the Uniformed Services University of Health Service. He is an Adjunct faculty in the Division of Healthcare Simulation Science at UW. Dr. Napolitano is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist and is the Director for Obstetric Simulation and Team Performance. COL Napolitano has served as clinical consultant for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, for TeamSTEPPS since 2002. He is an editorial reviewer Obstetrics & Gynecology and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN.  He has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a General Surgeon where he also established TeamSTEPPS programs, training over 5,000 personnel in two deployed theaters of operations.  He also has served as Director for TeamSTEPPS training for the Joint Forces Combat Trauma Medical Course in San Antonio, TX from 2008-2021. 

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Lt. Gen.(Ret) Dr. Paul K. Carlton Jr. served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States Air Force. General Carlton was commissioned after being honored as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969. He is a fellow and former Air Force governor of the American College of Surgeons. He was named a consultant in general surgery to the Air Force surgeon general in 1981. He conceptualized and implemented the first Air Force rapid-response surgical team in Europe -- the flying ambulance surgical trauma team. He was responsible for developing Critical Care in Air Transport Teams (CCATT) that have transformed the battlefield care of the injured. He contributed to the Expeditionary MEDical System, known as EMEDS. He also oversaw the outfitting of the C-17 Globemaster airlift plane for flying critical care air transport missions. After retiring from the Air Force, General Carlton was named Director of the Homeland Security Initiative for the Texas A&M Health Science Center to address homeland security issues related to human health. He was recently awarded the American College of Surgery Distinguished Military Contribution Award.  General Carlton is the managing member of PK Concepts, LLC.  An active flier, General Carlton holds Federal Aviation Administration commercial, instrument, multi-engine, glider and instructor ratings.

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COL(R) Dr. Matthew Hepburn currently works for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Hepburn completed his infectious disease fellowship and internal medicine residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Hepburn served 23 years in the United States Army as an infectious diseases physician, retiring as a Colonel. His final assignment was as a Program Manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the research and development agency of DoD responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. Dr. Hepburn was formerly on the Vaccine Development Lead for the Countermeasures Acceleration Group (CAG), formerly known as Operation Warp Speed, a partnership between the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense (DoD) founded in May 2020 to help accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Prior to this position, Dr. Hepburn served as the Joint Project Lead of Enabling Biotechnologies for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense.

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  Dr. Kevin C. Kiley- A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kiley completed an OB/GYN residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Among his many assignments was the distinction of serving concurrently as the Commander of the 10th Medical Battalion while also serving as the Division Surgeon for the newly activated 10th Mountain Division.  He also commanded the 15th Evacuation hospital which deployed to Operation Dessert Shield/ Dessert Storm in 1991.  Following graduation from the US Army War College he went on to command Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the AMEDD Center and School at Ft Sam and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic RMC. After serving as Army Surgeon General he went on to Chair the Dept of OB/GYN at Albany Medical College.  

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Retired Major General (Dr.) Jeff Clark is a graduate of Davidson College, East Carolina University School of Medicine, the US Army Command and General Staff College and Army War College. MG Clark earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington and a Master of Strategic Studies at the Army War College. He is board certified in Family Medicine.  He has served in multiple positions over his career including Commander of the 65th Medical Brigade, USFK Surgeon, Commander of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, US Army Europe Command Surgeon, Director of Walter Reed Hospital, DCG-O of MEDCOM, and Chief of the Army Medical Corps.  He has deployed multiple times

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Major General (Doctor) Telita Crosland is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In addition to her Doctorate of Medicine, she also holds a Master of Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School.  Doctor Crosland entered the Army as a Medical Corps Officer in 1993. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a recipient of The Surgeon General's “A” proficiency designator.

She currently serves as the Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Operations) and Chief, Army Medical Corps

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Maj. Gen.(Ret) Dr. Sean L. Murphy recently retired at the rank of Major General in the Air Force.  His last active duty assignment was as the Deputy Surgeon General of the Air Force where he directed operations of the Air Force Medical Service a 44,000 person integrated healthcare delivery system serving over 2.5 million beneficiaries.   General Murphy is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr.  Murphy is board certified in pediatrics, qualified in aerospace medicine and has a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He has commanded at the flight, squadron and group levels in both the deployed and home station environments. General Murphy has also served at the Joint Combatant Command level as the U.S. Southern Command Surgeon and previously as the Pacific Air Force Command Surgeon, the Air Force Medical Operations Agency Commander and also as the Air Combat Command Surgeon.

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Major General Daniel Walrath is originally from Pensacola FL and was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  During his career he has held multiple leadership positions and most recently was the Commander of U.S. Army South.  He is a Ranger, Master Parachutist and Pathfinder and wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s badge and the Air Assault wings.  While Commanding the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division his unit encountered a suicide bomber in Afghanistan where Gen Walrath suffered a severe injury to his lower extremity requiring urgent treatment and evacuation from the theatre.  He describes his experience with the Military Health Care system.  

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Retired COL Dr. Evan Renz was originally commissioned as a Medical Service Officer and served within the 82ndAirborne Division as a Ranger and Master Parachutist. He received his medical degree at the University of South Dakota and trained in General Surgery and then later specialized in burn, trauma and surgical critical care. He was stationed in Honduras and has deployed multiple times around the globe- including Iraq and Afghanistan. He completed a Senior Executive Fellowship and earned his masters degree in Public Health and Health Policy at Harvard University.  Dr. Renz currently serves as the Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a 30+ year career in Army Medicine.

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CAPT (Dr.) Joel Schofer received his medical degree from Hahnemann School of Medicine and trained in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego.  He went on to complete a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound and later earned his MBA at the Naval Post Graduate School.  He has deployed numerous times and has served in many senior leadership positions in Navy Medicine including Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader.  CAPT Schofer is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Certified Physician Executive. He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and American Association for Physician Leadership.  He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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 Alfonso (“Al”) S. Alarcon, MD is a retired Colonel having served 30 years in the U.S. Army.    He has a distinguished career of clinical excellence, leadership and service.  He currently is an Orthopedic Surgeon and the Director of Surgery and Specialty Care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Cloud VA Health Care System.  Dr. Alarcon is a native of Okinawa Japan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University and trained in orthopedic surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.  He has held numerous clinical and leadership positions in his career and has served across the globe in places like Egypt, Korea, Germany, Iraq, and Nigeria both in combat and in humanitarian assistance roles. He also has been involved in military disaster responses in the U.S. including hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Matthew.  

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Colonel Paul Parker qualified in medicine from Queen's University Belfast in 1985.  After finishing medical school, he attended Sandhurst Military Academy, and then went on to spend 2 years overseas on military duty in Central America and Germany. He trained as a military orthopaedic surgeon in London, Edinburgh and at the world-renowned 'Shock-Trauma' Center in Baltimore where he developed his interest in trauma resuscitation and reconstruction. He has undertaken multiple overseas tours with conventional forces and Special Operation Forces. Mr. Parker is currently a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  

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COL (Dr.) Joseph Alderete is a graduate of the USMA at West Point and received his MD degree from the Penn State University College of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic residency training at Eisenhower AMC and completed a Ortho Oncology fellowship at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He currently is the Surgical Director at the Center for the Intrepid Amputee/Limb Salvage Program. He has deployed multiple times to the CENTCOM AOR in different roles.  He has published numerous textbook chapters and research manuscripts and received multiple teaching faculty awards.

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COL (Dr.) Tyson Becker currently serves as the General Surgery Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and as a Trauma Critical Care Surgeon at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, TX. COL Becker has deployed six times in his career with small surgical teams.  His most recent deployment was to was a high-volume combat deployment with a split component of a Forward Surgical Team. In a 6-month period, the team cared for nearly 500 trauma patients and operated on over 130 of them.  Dr. Becker created a groundbreaking program to train small surgical teams and is involved in multiple trauma research grants. He completed his General Surgery training at Walter Reed and his Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at BAMC.  

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Dr Ramon Cestero is a trauma surgeon, surgical intensivist and a Navy Reservist with over 19 years in the military. Commander Cestero served as an active-duty Navy trauma surgeon for 10 years, completing seven deployments throughout his career including three to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also deployed as the lead surgeon on multiple shipboard deployments in addition to deploying with the Navy’s Shipboard Surgical Team in support of Navy special operations.  After completing trauma/critical care fellowship training at LA County Hospital, CDR Cestero served as Department Head, Combat Casualty Care Research at the US Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio from 2010 to 2013, during which he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Chief of Trauma for the NATO Role 3 Combat Hospital. His research interests include forward surgical care, disaster relief, and surgical device development. Hear about his innovations in surgical retraction and exposure here: https://www.startupssanantonio.com/advanced-surgical-retractor-systems/

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Retired COL (Dr.) Kevin K. Chung is a graduate of West Point and Georgetown University School of Medicine. After finishing a residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Walter Reed AMC, Dr. Chung was assigned to the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) where he has served in the capacity of Medical Director of the Burn Intensive Care Unit, Task Area Manager of Clinical Trials in Burns and Trauma, and the Director of Research for the USAISR over the last 12 years. He is currently the Chair, Department of Medicine, at USU. In his career, COL Chung has authored over 200 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, authored 17 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker for over 120 lectures internationally.

 

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COL (Dr.) James "Jim" Czarnik, over the past 30 years, has served as a soldier, officer, physician and commander in special operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  He received his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Czarnik is a recognized leader in military pre-hospital care and serves on the Health Affairs’ Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care.  He is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff and Command Surgeon of the US Army Special Operations Command.  

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COL (Dr.) Bonnie Hartstein attended Boston University School of Medicine and initially trained in pediatrics at the National Capital Education Consortium and then completed an EM residency at SAUSHEC in San Antonio.  She currently serves as the Emergency Medicine Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and also is the Director of the Army Medical Department Quality and Safety Center in San Antonio. She has deployed to the CENTCOM AOR twice and has also led multiple humanitarian missions in Central America.   She has numerous academic and leadership awards and has received the Bronze Star Medal with 1 OLC. 

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COL Dr. Sam Preston is the Chief of the Office of the Surgeon General, Behavioral Health Division. He received his commission through the ROTC program at Xavier University and then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on an HPSP Scholarship. He is a board certified Psychiatrist after finishing a combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Walter Reed AMC.  COL Preston has held positions that include 4th Infantry DIV Psychiatrist, Iraq Joint Operational Area Command Psychiatrist and Commander of the Hohenfels Army Health Clinic in Germany. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at USUHS and is the Army Surgeon General Behavioral Health Consultant. 

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COL (Dr.) Kimball-Eayrs is a graduate of USU, class of 1999.  She trained in pediatrics at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and has served as a general pediatrician since her graduation from residency in 2002.  She has been stationed and functioned in a variety of roles at Ft. Hood, TX, Ft. Lewis, WA, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  In 2010, she added the credential of certified lactation consultant to her skills.  Prior to returning to USU, she served as the Military Health System’s first Chief Experience Officer and now serves as the Commandant for the School of Medicine at USU and is the Army General Pediatrics Consultant to the Surgeon General.  She has deployed twice as a Battalion Surgeon, first to Iraq in 2006/2007 and second to Kuwait in 2015.  

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COL (Dr.) Laurel Neff is a student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.  COL Neff  is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  In addition to her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. 

   COL Neff entered the Army as a Medical Corps Officers in 1997.  She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  She has deployed to the CENTCOM AOR. 

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Dr. Stacey Shackelford is the Chief of Defense Health Agency (DHA) Joint Trauma System (JTS).  She was instrumental in standing up the JTS Committees for Surgical and En Route Combat Casualty Care. She is also known for her contributions to prolonged field care (PFC) and her work in predeployment training. She was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989 and attended medical school at Tulane University, general surgery residency at the University of Utah, and trauma fellowship at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County. She has deployed five times to the CENTCOM AOR.  

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Col (Dr.) Stacey Shackelford is the Chief of Defense Health Agency (DHA) Joint Trauma System (JTS).  She was instrumental in standing up the JTS Committees for Surgical and En Route Combat Casualty Care. She is also known for her contributions to prolonged field care (PFC) and her work in predeployment training. Col Shackelford was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989 and attended medical school at Tulane University, general surgery residency at the University of Utah, and trauma fellowship at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County. She has deployed five times to the CENTCOM AOR.  

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LTC (Dr.) Ali Turabi is a graduate of the Uniformed services  University School of Medicine. After finishing a residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and fellowship in Pain Medicine, Dr. Turabi was assigned to Landstuhl Army medical center in Germany where he served as an Anesthesiologist and chief of the pain medicine clinic. He deployed to Afghanistan. He is currently the chief of pain medicine at Good Samaritan hospital in Baltimore Maryland.  He also is in the US Army reserve and serves as the OIC for anesthesia Services for the 348th CSH. 

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Col (Dr.) Heather Yun is currently the Deputy Commander for Medical Services at Brooke Army Medical Center/San Antonio Military Medical Center.Col Yun received her BA from Colorado College, and her MD from Yale University School of Medicine.  Her internal medicine and infectious diseases (ID) training were completed at SAUSHEC. She is a graduate of the Air War College. Col Yun is a Professor of Medicine at USUHS and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at UTHealth, Fellow of the ACP and the ID Society of America (IDSA).    She has deployed to Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  She has educated over 5000 on operational ID topics at the Military Tropical Medicine Course, the Joint Forces Combat Trauma Management Course, and the Deployed Infection Control Course.

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