Prior to his retirement in 2012 after 32 years of active service, Lieutenant General (Retired) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD served as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command.
He currently serves as a Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership & Programs in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine at the nation’s only federal health university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD. His principal interests are in both leader education and in Complementary and Integrative Health & Medicine (CIH/CIM), in the shift from a disease management-focused healthcare system to one more centered on the improvement and sustainment of health and well-being leading to optimal human performance. Dr. Schoomaker is also exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals, so as to realize USU’s vision as the nation’s “health leadership academy.”
Dr. Schoomaker is an internal medicine physician with a PhD in Human Genetics. He is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards from the American Medical Association for outstanding government service, an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University, a Doctor of Letters in Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, and the Philipp M. Lippe Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine for outstanding contributions to the social and political aspect of Pain Medicine.
He is married to Audrey, a former Army Nurse Corps Officer, wellness coach, therapeutic yoga and mindfulness instructor. They have a son studying to be a jazz musician and two daughters, one pursuing graduate studies in school counseling and the other with a goal of being a physician.
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