Lieutenant General (Retired) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD was the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General/Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command prior to his retirement in 2012. He then served as Professor/Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). He promotes Complementary and Integrative Health/Medicine (CIH/M) in the shift from a disease management-focused healthcare system to the improvement of health & well-being; and leadership education. He has been committed to the health of soldiers, families and veterans throughout the U.S. and the globe, focusing on soldier medical readiness, enhancing battlefield care, promoting comprehensive behavioral healthcare, preventing combat wounds, injury and illness and advancing comprehensive pain management.
He is an internal medicine physician with a PhD in Human Genetics. He held many assignments including command of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army’s Medical Research & Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, MD, a community hospital, a deployable medical brigade and two Army regional medical commands.
Dr. Schoomaker is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Award 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.