Colonel Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III is the Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM), Program Director of the National Capital Consortium’s Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and a Diplomat with the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Trip attended Catawba College on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1986. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, receiving a Master of Science in Biology in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, completing his Anesthesia Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was named full professor at USUHS in June 2014. In addition, he completed a one year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Duke University in 2002, resulting in the creation of the only Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Defense, based at Walter Reed.
In September 2003, he deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to Balad, Iraq, and demonstrated that the use of advanced regional anesthesia can be accomplished in a forward deployed environment. He performed the first successful continuous peripheral nerve block for pain management in a combat support hospital. In April 2009, he deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the British military and organized the first acute pain service in a theatre of war. Author and Co-Editor of the Acute Pain Medicine Section in Pain Medicine, he is extensively published on the topic of pain medicine, particularly as it relates to combat wounded.
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