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LTG(R) James Peake,MD- From Infantry Officer in Vietnam to Strategic Military Medicine and VA Leader

Dr. Peake served as the 40th Army Surgeon General and as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In this episode, you will hear about General Peake's early career deployed as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam, where he was injured in combat and was medically evacuated to a theater hospital. He describes his pathway in Military Medicine, beginning as a general surgeon and completing further training as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. He discusses his leadership pathway from commanding medical assets in Korea to Ft. Bragg to Madigan Army Medical Center. He then helped shape the training of military medical providers as the Commanding General of the AMEDD Center and School (now U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence) and ultimately the Surgeon General on 9/11. You will hear some insightful lessons learned during the response to 9/11 and leading Army medicine into the initial entries into Iraq and Afghanistan. Following Military retirement, Dr. Peake was appointed as the Secretary of the VA in the George W. Bush administration. He speaks about some of the challenges and successes during his tenure at the VA and describes how the Department of Defense collaborates and coordinates with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Peake is a United States Military Academy Graduate and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and has deployed to combat zones as an infantry officer and as a medical corps officer. He is currently the Senior Vice President of CGI Federal.

General Peake has had an enormous impact on how the military prepares for and provides excellent care on the battlefield and at home. He talks about his insights and lessons learned both in Military Medicine and at the helm of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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