Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired) serves as the Director of the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences (USU) LEAD program. After four years as the U.S. Army’s top medical officer, LTG Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D. retired in 2012 from his role as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This followed 32 years of active service in uniform and 41 years as a commissioned Army officer.
As the Army Surgeon General, LTG Schoomaker was instrumental in initiating the Department of Defense’s move towards a more vigorous adoption of evidenced-based mind-body modalities for the management of pain. Today his principal interests are in Complementary and Integrative Health & Medicine (CIHM) and 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. He is also exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals in both individual career development for different health professions—uniformed and civilian—and in an inter-professional, team-based setting.
Warriors at Ease is honored to call upon LTC Schoomaker as a key advisor.