Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Page 10 of 35 Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2016 | 9 Commander's Corner STRIVING FOR Wellness COL (Dr.) Michael A. Weber Commander Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) Ft. Gordon, GA COL (Dr.) Michael A. Weber earned his commission through ROTC and his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1987. He was branched in the chemical corps and was assigned as a platoon leader in the 13th Chemical Company, Baumholder, Germany, in 1988. After two years, he was assigned as the assistant S-3 of 6-29 Field Artillery at Idar Oberstein, Germany. Next, he completed the Chemical Officer Advance Course in June 1992 and was re-branched in the Medical Service Corps in July 1992 before attending the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. After graduating medical school in 1996, he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he completed his general surgery internship and residency. After residency graduation in 2002, he was assigned to Fort Hood, taking command of the 555 Forward Surgical Team. In February 2003, he deployed his unit to Kuwait and Iraq in direct support of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. COL Weber returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2004 for fellowship training in vascular surgery. In 2006, he was assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center as the chief of vascular surgery. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 as the OIF-OEF Theater Vascular Consultant at Ibn-Sina Hospital with the 86th Combat Surgical Hospital (CSH) and the 10th CSH. COL Weber was again assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009 and became the integrated chief of vascular surgery and vascular surgery fellowship program director. He led the planning and execution of the vascular surgery BRAC transformation establishing the fellowship training program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center-Bethesda and the first vascular surgery service at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. In July 2012, COL Weber took command of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, which includes the DOD's only Burn Center, Combat Casualty Care Research, and the Joint Trauma System. COL Weber is double board-certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, a Certified Physician Executive, and a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. He completed the Officer Basic Course, Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Medical Badge. COL Weber was interviewed by C&CC Editor Kevin Hunter. C&CC: Please talk about your role and mission as Commander, EAMC. COL Weber: My role as the EAMC commander is to drive the operations process to lead a system for health for the relatively known contemporary environment and develop a system for health for the future environment that is unknown, unknowable, and constantly changing. Understanding the contemporary healthcare environment requires knowledge of the science of medicine and knowledge of the business of medicine. I received my medical training through the Uniformed Services University (USU) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. My business of medicine training came from U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Preparing EAMC for the future healthcare environment requires me to understand the visions of The Joint Surgeon and The Surgeon General. One of the most important competencies for future healthcare at EAMC is our ability to innovate in all aspects of Telehealth. I also have a special role and responsibility for developing providers and leaders for the current and future environments. My family receives their care in the Military Health System and I want to ensure that all military families are confident and delighted with their care at EAMC.

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