Dr. Welder is a board-certified anesthesia provider (CRNA) internationally recognized as an innovative leader in operational readiness. He serves as the Special Assistant to the USUHS President for Operational Medicine.
In this episode, he discusses his pathway to becoming a certified nurse anesthetist, a remarkable story of determination. He followed this with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the surges of combat operations. He discusses how he applied that experience to training student nurse anesthetists preparing to deliver anesthetic medicine into austere military environments. He also discusses his expertise in diving and dive medicine.
LTC(R) Welder developed the operational readiness programs of study for Dive Medicine, Military Mountain Medicine Course, Cold Weather Medicine, and Avalanche 1 at the Uniformed Services University in 2016. He is a certified Divemaster and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He received the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Dive and Marine Medicine diploma and was inducted into the prestigious Explorers Club in 2018.
During his military career, he served as the lead subject matter expert in developing and training the Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Team – Africa for Army and Navy medicine. He focuses his operational training on clinical, operational, physical, and emotional readiness platforms. In his last position, he served as the 1st Director of the Surgical Services Service Line, Office of the Surgeon General. He now furthers others' education in operational medicine at the Uniformed Services University, where he continues his passion for improving military medicine.
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