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Gwendolyn Smalls
Phone: (301) 295-3981
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News Highlights

  • Battlefield nurse learns to heal invisible wounds at USU
    Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Schulz, a student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, studies behavioral health problems every day at the Uniformed Services University. His program frames and contextualizes major psychiatric disorders - depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder and more. Schulz will soon diagnose and treat these complex problems on his own. He and 10 other military officers in the PMHNP program are finishing up their clinical rotations before graduation in May. After commencement, they'll use the arsenal of tools they've gathered at USU and their military experience to begin mending some of the most vexing, misunderstood wounds of our time. View Article...

  • USU faculty member finds novel H. pylori solutions
    Researchers like D. Scott (Scotty) Merrell, PhD, an associate professor in the Uniformed Services University's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, have been working hard to understand the Helicobacter pylori bug. View Article...

  • USU Faculty Member in the News
    Col. (Dr.) Charles Engel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at USU and Director, Deployment Health Clinical Center, is a featured panel member in this NPR discussion on the joys and sorrows of soldiers returning from war. The discussion begins after the newscast. View Article...

  • USU Simulation Center
    Students and faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, or USU, have some of the world's best medical resources available to them. In addition to the traditional education they receive in their course work, students are provided hands-on simulation training at the USU's National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center, a 20,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility located in Silver Spring, Md. View Article...

  • Dot Mil Docs 115: Colorectal Cancer Awareness
    Retired Air Force Col. David R. Welling provides information on colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment. Welling is an associate professor of surgery and anatomy, Chief Division of General Surgery, the Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University View Article...

  • Scientists Model Human Disease Caused by Deadly Nipah Virus
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  • Campaign Fosters Communication Between Family Members, Providers
    The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) recently initiated a hospital-based campaign, "Courage to Care, Courage to Talk," in an effort to foster communication surrounding war injuries amongst families and health care professionals.
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  • Courage to Care: Courage to Talk
    Dr. Stephen Cozza, professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and associate director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, discusses a new program called "Courage to Care Courage to Talk." Learn more about this new, electronic health campaign at
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  • NEW STUDY: Defense Researchers Seek Genetic Makeup of Chlamydia
    A new five-year program project in the battle against the number one leading sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia, has begun at the Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.
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  • Snakes Visit Uniformed Services University
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  • Snakes Visit USU
    Students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, observed a presentation Wednesday on dangerous snakes they may encounter while forward-deployed.

  • Dot Mil Docs 98: Preventing Obesity in Teenage Girls
    Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, discusses psychotherapy for the prevention of excessive weight gain in teenage girls deemed at risk for obesity. Tanofsky-Kraff is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Dot Mil Docs on Stress and the Heart Dr. David S. Krantz, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University discusses his research into possible connections between heart disease, stress, and depression.
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  • USU: Building a Health Science Community of Compassion and Hope, is the second "Profile" feature on the Military Health System's web site, This new monthly page features interactive content targeted to MHS practitioners, but of interest to beneficiaries and the general public. Stories will highlight the people of the MHS: where they work, learn, teach and explore. What distinguishes MHS Profiles from the rest of is the engaging visual components - that make stories come alive. The goal is to engage readers with compelling personal stories about who the MHS is and how their work advances military health.

    Please log on to to view a video of the section's interactive features and to view this article. The article also is available in a downloadable pdf format.

  • Operation Kerkesner First year medical students took part in Operation Kerkesner in July 2009 at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania.

  • Operation Bushmaster Fourth-year medical students and graduate nursing students at USU get one-of-a-kind military field experience during their final exam.

  • At camp, military kids share laughs, fears View Video...

  • Army Newswatch episode 09-17:
    Col. Paul Little, M.D., completes his series on suicide prevention as the Army invests science and $50 million into uncovering what might be a genetic link to thoughts of suicide. The research is being led by USU's Dr. Robert Ursano.
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  • Study to Seek Clues to Soldier Suicides
    Doctors leading the largest study ever of suicide and mental health in the military are developing intensive soldier surveys that they hope will provide clues as to why suicide rates among Army personnel have grown dramatically in recent years. Read More...

  • 'Dream team' of researchers to study Army.
    Read Here...

  • Pentagon Web Radio:
    Episode #66: Operation Bushmaster View Here...

  • Operation Kerkesner Train-Up Week First-year students at USU recently received training you wouldn't expect to find at a medical school.

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  • Episode #63: Men & Heart Disease Susanne W. Gibbons, PhD, C-ANP, C-GNP, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will speak about the unique risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart disease in men in uniform. The appearance of advertising on this Web site, does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, of the products or services advertised on this site.

  • Article Subject: Kelly Murray 'I wasn 't scared. I was angry ' read more...
    Stars and Stripes, 18 June 2009

  • The Philoctetes Project uses plays written by Sophocles 2,500 years ago to explore themes of post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injury.

  • Military Children: Coping with Change with Dr. Stephen Cozza on Dot Mil Docs read more...
    Dot Mil Docs, 16 April 2009

  • USU class of 2005 graduate, LT Johannah Valentine, MC, USN, is serving as the flight surgeon for the Navy's Blue Angels.

  • CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drugs commonly used to strengthen bones to prevent osteoporosis may protect people exposed to radiation against developing leukemia, U.S. researchers said on Sunday. read more...

  • USU faculty member Dr. Janice Hanson discusses the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders on Dot Mil Docs. Listen to the interview here.
    listen here...

  • Dr. Geoffrey Ling, an Army colonel, neurologist and USU faculty member is leading the Pentagon's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. His work with the DEKA arm, one of the first real innovations in prosthetic arm technology since WW II, was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday, April 12, 2009. Learn more about the program and watch the segment: read here...

  • USU professor Deborah Gerasik presented a paper to the International Conference on Traffic Safety in Edmonton in March.

  • Dr. Mark Haigney will Discuss Cardiac Rehabilitation Month

  • Trial by (Simulated) Fire..... article

  • USU 2008 Commencement
    DoD Military Health System... read article

  • USU and "Mirror Therapy" in the News
    For amputees, an unlikely painkiller: Mirrors
    Phantom Pain, a Reflection on the Wounds of War
    Mirror Therapy Shows Promise in Amputee Treatment

  • USU and "Fighting for Life" in the News
    'Fighting': Reality Over Rhetoric Washington Post
    Friday, March 14, 2008; Page WE35
    "Fighting for Life" is an Iraq war documentary that takes viewers on a riveting, often painfully graphic journey through the extraordinary efforts of military physicians, nurses and medical aides who receive their training at the elite Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
    Unlike such critical films as "Taxi to the Dark Side" and "No End in Sight," Terry Sanders's film isn't interested in polemics. As one woman observes in the film, issues of life and death on the battlefield transcend politics. But that doesn't mean that "Fighting for Life" doesn't have an agenda: It was co-produced by a nonprofit group set up to advocate for the university, which over its 35-year history has occasionally been threatened with elimination from the Pentagon budget.
    Still, if "Fighting for Life" is propaganda, it's the best kind, largely avoiding editorialization and instead focusing on simple human drama. Sanders follows his characters with a mixture of clinical frankness and deep sensitivity, finally creating an unsettling yet unforgettable portrait of sacrifice and courage -- from a badly burned Iraqi toddler to a courageous Army specialist who loses her leg in Iraq and begins to reclaim her life at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "Fighting for Life" is essential viewing at a time when, five years on, the war's human cost is still too often mired in partisan rhetoric and administration spin. -- Ann Hornaday
    Iraq taxi to bright side
    'Fighting for Life' Shows Real Blood, And Real Guts
    A Savior for Those who Save Lives in War

  • USU Faculty Members Publish TBI/PTSD Study in New England Journal of Medicine
    The Jan. 31, 2008, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) includes a study, "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in U.S. Soldiers Returning from Iraq," authored by Charles W. Hoge, M.D., USU assistant professor of Psychiatry, and Charles C. Engel, M.D., M.P.H., USU associate professor of Psychiatry, and colleagues from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
    This is the first thorough study of concussion (mTBI) among soldiers deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It examines the physical and mental health symptoms - when they return home - of soldiers who suffered a concussion while deployed. The study findings indicate more symptoms of PTSD and depression among soldiers who have suffered a concussion and address the importance of diagnosing these symptoms as being associated with the concussion or as a mental or behavioral health diagnosis.

  • Roberts DDT Op-Ed Published in New York Times
    Donald Roberts, Ph..D., emeritus professor of tropical medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), published a piece on DDT in the August 20 edition of the New York Times. Dr. Roberts is one of the world's leading authorities on the use of DDT against insect-borne diseases like malaria.

    According to Roberts' article, his research has shown that DDT has proven to be the most effective pesticide for combating malaria mosquitoes and is being used as an indoor repellent in malaria-plagued regions of Africa where mosquitoes have developed resistance to other chemicals.
    The full op-ed piece may be accessed at:

  • A recent study headed by Michael J. Daly, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pathology, titled "Protein Oxidation Implicated as the Primary Determinant of Bacterial Radioresistance," was published in the March 20, 2007 edition of PLoS Biology and has continued to receive nationwide media attention. The following links highlight some of the publications.

  • Fighting for Life: "Friends of USU" hosts special screening of Fighting for Life.
    Fighting for Life
    Friends of USU

  • Serving Military Medicine: USU Featured in June, 2007 edition of U.S. News & World Report... Read article

  • AAMC Reporter: July 2007 "The Present and Future of Military Health Education"
    S. Ward Casscells, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense... Read article

  • AAMC Reporter: June 2007 "Greater Knowledge Born from Battlefield Tragedies"
    Articles features Col. Geoffrey Ling, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor of Neurology... Read article