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COL (R) Sean Keenan, MD- Special Ops Doc: Training and Execution of Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Updated: Oct 14

COL (R) Dr. Sean Keenan served as Command Surgeon for Special Operations Command Europe, 10thSpecial Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces Group, and as a Special Forces Augmentee. He also served as a flight surgeon, Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines Surgeon, Emergency Medical System Medical Director, and Chief of Emergency Medicine, in addition to multiple deployments. He was the founder and coordinator for the Special Operations Military Association Prolonged Field Care Working Group. He now serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Ragged Edge Solutions, providing medical exercises to Special Operations forces and he is the Assistant Director of Prehospital Trauma and Operational Strategy and the Center for COMBAT Research at the University of Colorado, Aurora Campus.


In this episode, Dr. Keenan discusses the unique aspects of special operations soldiers and the unique requirements for their medical training. He provides valuable insight into his career as a special operations surgeon at all levels and how he best supported his unit and soldiers. He also describes the needs, requirements, and unique challenges to prolonged field care- the need to provide the point of injury care when evacuation to medical or surgical facilities is delayed. He is committed to passing this knowledge to the next generation of medical providers and discusses the lessons he learned during his fantastic career and how he is developing research efforts to address known gaps in capabilities.

He shares many insights and lessons learned over his distinguished career and provides some insight and sage advice for all listeners. You don’t want to miss this episode.


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