Combat & Casualty Care

Q4 2016

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COMMANDER'S CORNER C&CC: Speak to your role as commander and primary organizational mission. COL Nessen: The mission of the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research is to "Optimize Combat Casualty Care" and no group of people have done more to improve survivability on the battlefield than the dedicated civilians and military personnel that work at the ISR. Great examples of innovations driven by the ISR include tourniquets and blood utilization on the battlefield. Tourniquet use decreased preventable deaths from extremity injury from 28 percent of preventable deaths to just 3 percent and the research conducted on blood transfusion have changed how we resuscitate trauma victims, not just on the battlefield, but in civilian institutions worldwide. What we decide to study at the ISR can be requirement driven, or it can result from the ongoing performance improvement efforts of the Joint Trauma Service or the ISR Burn Center. My role as commander in many ways is to stay out of the way of the brilliant people who have done so much for our Soldiers over the past few years. I encourage everyone at the ISR to be creative and innovative and to pursue research they believe will be effective. To that end, my job is to remove obstacles and ensure that all teams in every task area have what they need to succeed. COL (Dr.) Shawn C. Nessen grew up in the small town of Trem- onton, Utah and attended Idaho State University on a football scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biology in 1990 cum laude and also graduated as a Distin- guished Military Cadet. He then attended Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine receiving a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1995. He completed his residency in General Surgery at William Beaumont Medical Center in El Paso, Texas in 2000 and in 2011 completed a Fellowship in Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care Surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is board certified in general surgery and critical care surgery. COL Nessen completed his ROTC training in 1988 and was commissioned in the early commissioning program as a 2nd Lt. He then served as an Armor Platoon Leader in the Idaho National Guard until he entered medical school in 1991 on a scholarship from the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Following completion of residency in 2000, he served as a staff surgeon and later Chief of the General Surgery Service at Fort Riley, Kansas where he concurrently served as the flight surgeon for the 82nd Air Ambulance Company. COL Nessen deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom for nine months in 2003. There he served as a surgeon for the 28th Combat Support Hospi- tal and also flew multiple medical officer missions with the 82nd Air Ambulance Company. In 2005, following completion of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Command, COL Nessen assumed command of the 782nd Forward Surgical Team (Air- borne) which later was reflagged as the 541st FST (Airborne). His command of these two units included a humanitarian deployment to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a 15 month deploy- ment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2006 to February 2008 in Afghanistan. There, his team success- fully conducted split based operation in the Paktika and Helminth Provinces and treated over 800 combat wounded, performed over 500 surgeries and procedures, transfused 1,300 units of blood and achieved a 97.64 percent survival rate for all casualties. Upon completion of Fellowship training in 2011, COL Nessen became the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services of the 212th Combat Support Hospital in Miseau, Germany. While in this position, he also served as a staff Critical Care Surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center located in Landstuhl, Germany, and in 2013, COL Nessen became the Chief of the Department of Surgery at LRMC. From Germany, COL Nessen transferred to Martin Army Commu- nity Hospital at Fort Benning, GA where he served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Service. COL Nessen' s military education includes graduation from the U.S. Army Medicine Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Flight Surgeons and Airborne Courses, and Command and General Staff College where he received a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences in the field of Strategy. Interview conducted by C&CC Editor Kevin Hunter INNOVATING TO MAXIMIZE POSITIVE OUTCOMES COL Shawn Nessen Commander U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) Fort Sam Houston, TX Winter 2016/2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 13

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