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10.16.2012

Miller School Hosts Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, Physician to the U.S. President, for Surgery Grand Rounds

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and the Divisions of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns will host a special Grand Rounds presentation by the Physician to the President, U.S. Navy Captain Jeffrey Kuhlman, MC, FS, USN, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center.

Dr. Kuhlman will present “Presidential Healthcare in the 21st Century.”

Triple-board-certified in Aerospace, Family and Occupational Medicine, Kuhlman has clinical privileges in all three specialties through the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is also a designated Naval Flight Surgeon with emergency medicine experience and multiple certifications in trauma and pre-hospital care.

Assigned to the White House Military Office in 1997, he began his tour of duty as White House Physician in January 2001, initially serving under George W. Bush. When the terrorist attacks and anthrax scare followed nine months later, Kuhlman was compelled to round out his specialties with a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and later with a post-doctoral fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine.

In a first-person account of his post-September 11 experience for Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine, he said he was “underwhelmed” with how the experts were dealing with practical aspects of the possible biological and other threats, “So that’s one reason I wanted to do an MPH: I wanted to get the tools,’’ he wrote. “I thought that instead of being critical of everyone else, the thing to do was to join them and help the fight.”

He said he followed up with a residency in occupational medicine because, “Occupational physicians are going to be in a great position to recognize hazards and implement prevention strategies—to secure your building, to protect your indoor air and your food supplies. You know,” he wrote, “the government is not going to solve all of our problems. It’s going to be a matter of education. It’s going to be a matter of getting rid of complacency.’’

Kuhlman received his military commission from the United States Navy in 1983 after graduating magna cum laude from Southern Adventist University. He began medical school at age 19 at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, completed his residency in family medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and served as the first Physician to the President’s Cabinet from 2001 to 2003. He also served as Director of the White House Medical Unit from January 2007 to January 2011.

In addition to his current role, Kuhlman serves as the Chief White House Physician and has been designated by President Obama to serve as a White House commissioned officer.

For more information about the event, please contact the Division of Trauma at 305-585-1178.

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