Candidate for Hire:
TS/SCI, expired 2017
Date of Clearance Adjudication:
November 01, 2019
Expiration Date – May 01, 2022
Language: Spanish, Farsi
– Speaking: Basic, Reading: Basic, Writing: Basic
Desired Location: negotiable
Highlight Write Up:
MOSs 18B,18D,60NM4,61N. Physician Instructor at JSOMTC in USASOC at Ft. Bragg as SME for critical care medicine, hyperbaric medicine and anesthesiology. Also interim DMO at CDQC, Key West, Fl. Served as a medical investigation officer for 3 fatalities in USASOC.
Afghanistan (OEF) – Duration: 9 months
Position Write Up:
Number of months in position – > 160 months
Aside from anesthesiology, I volunteered as a visiting trauma ICU instructor at a Level 1 trauma center. I participated in Trauma-ICU rounds with surgical residents / attendings and discussed patient management. I also practiced hyperbaric medicine at that hospital and its’ emergency room. At another facility I was the medical director in the combined medical-surgical ICU. I became an ACLS instructor and sat on the executive, critical care and peer review hospital boards as well.
I was activated from 2003-09 by the US Army and was the CJSOTF Task Force Surgeon in Afghanistan from 2003-04. While there, I also developed an emergency evacuation system for vetted Afghan locals with a coalition hospital. I had done a fellowship in trauma critical care and had an interest in trauma and head trauma in particular and I organized and conducted meetings in 2004 in both Germany and Qatar for treatment and enhanced transport of injured soldiers, resulting in a second US Air Force Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT) unit being stationed at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
After my return to the USA, I was an (interim) Dive Medical Officer for a class iteration at the SFUWO (Special Forces Underwater Operations) program in Key West, Fl and later was the formal investigating medical review officer for a fatality at the SFUWO scuba program and later informally for another two fatalities at the SFUWO. As a physician/diver I wanted to ferret out cogent factors in these particular fatalities.
I suspected either a Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or an undiagnosed, prolonged QT syndrome as causative factors, especially at SFUWO. After reviewing relevant EKGs, it was likely the latter. I researched and wrote a protocol for further workup of the prolonged QT syndrome in special operation soldiers applying to attend the dive program at the SFUWO. This was done in conjunction with me being granted permission from the University of Wisconsin and their research team to replicate the device they had invented, which duplicated the airway/cardiac stress placed on scuba divers when they are stressed physically and are valsalving at the same time. Parts of that protocol were incorporated by the Special Operations Command Surgeon for use in the prolonged QT syndrome workup of special operations soldiers applying to the SFUWO dive program.
I attended the Army’s Rotary Wing Flight Surgeon program at Ft. Rucker, Al and was also appointed the class leader during that course. Later in 2005-06 at Ft. Bragg, NC I was asked
to assess the medical condition surrounding a fatality that occurred while a USASOC soldier was conducting freefall parachuting. Having previously trained in both free-fall and static line parachuting, I can appreciate the complexities that occur in jumping. My analysis showed and was verified, that hypoxia was the inciting event or root cause.
From 2003 until 2017, my military reserve position was as a physician instructor SME (subject matter expert) for anesthesia, critical care medicine and hyperbaric medicine for the United
States Army Special Operations Command, SWC and the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center at Ft. Bragg, NC. At that time I brokered an agreement with my hospital and
USASOC to bring special operation medics to my medical practice in the ORs and the trauma ICU. I also helped revise the JSOMTC anesthesia protocols including those for regional (nerve block) anesthesia as well as general anesthesia. Coinciding with that I implemented a Quality Assurance program at JSOMTC that was fashioned after the QA program my civilian medical group developed. The JSOMTC QA program did in fact establish how safe our anesthesia protocol is and allowed us to review and revise our anesthesia techniques for deficiencies, improvement and safety.
Subsequently, my civilian medical practice was re-negotiating our hospital contract for our 88-physician practice and in light of recent hospital mergers and acquisitions, the contract was not renewed. This turn of events has offered the effected physicians in our practice the option to move forward with clinical and nonclinical employment opportunities elsewhere.
Skills Write Up:
ACLS, BLS, did not renew ATLS or FCCS cert; board certified in critical care, hyperbaric medicine and anesthesiology.
Military: Infantry, Airborne, Special Forces training (18B), (18D).
-Various SF Group assignments
-Assigned to Special Warfare Center /JSOMTC as physician instructor/ SME
for anesthesia / critical care / hyperbaric medicine
-Assigned to Afghanistan, CJSOTF-A as CJSOTF Task Force Surgeon
-Planned / conducted SOF medical meetings in Germany & Qatar
-SME for anesthesia / critical care to Egyptian / South Korean SOF units
-Developed emergency evacuation system with Egyptian Hospital
for Afghan nationals working with US / allied SOF forces in Afghanistan
-Visiting SME at CDQC, KeyWest, Fl
-Investigating medical officer for two scuba fatalities and interim DMO (Dive
Medical Officer) at CDQC Key West, Fl for one class iteration
-Flight Surgeon (Rotary Wing) Course, Ft. Rucker, Al
-US Navy Recognition-Treatment (Hyperbaric Medicine), Panama City, Fl
-NOAA DMO (dive medical officer) course, Ft. Eustis & VIMS, VA
-Basic scuba, Free-fall trained
-Language Training: Farsi (SOFTS, DLI Headstart-currently), Arabic
(DLI- Headstart, Saudi Dialect);
Education Write Up:
general surgery resident x 2 years, anesthesia resident x 4 years, neuro, shock-trauma critical care fellow x 1 year. nitrox-trimix scuba trained, NOAA trained DMO, US Navy trained HBO officer, US Army Flight Surgeon trained. Formally studied Farsi and Arabic through DLI and Spanish in Guatemala through Proyecto Linguistico.
INTERESTS: Cross-country track, isotonic weight training, scuba diving, alpine skiing, foreign languages
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