Holcomb John B.

John Bradley Holcomb received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1985. Dr. Holcomb entered the U.S. Army in 1985, and completed his general surgery training in 1991. Dr Holcomb then deployed with the Joint Special Operations Command for the next decade. From 2002 to 2008, COL Holcomb was the Commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Trauma Consultant for the Army Surgeon General. Over the years he deployed in multiple real world operations. He is a three time recipient of the Army’s Greatest Invention award.  COL Holcomb retired from active duty in 2008 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association, the United States Special Operations Command Medal, and the Service award from the American College of Surgery. He has been a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care since 2001. In 2008, Dr. Holcomb joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a Professor of Surgery, where he has served as the Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Holcomb is actively involved in clinical medicine, education, research, entrepreneurship and is a founder of a small health IT company. He reviews papers for more than 25 journals, has published > 400 peer reviewed articles, received multiple grants and serves on several boards. Dr. Holcomb and his wife, Dr. Kelly Wirfel, have been married since 1998 and have 2 children.


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