USO Recognizes Faculty for Contributions to Military Medicine

Four members of the College of Medicine faculty were honored as “Heroes of Military Medicine” at the United Service Organization’s (USO) 10th annual Tribute Cincinnati gala Oct. 20 at Music Hall.
They are:
  • Kathleen Chard, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the PTSD program at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
  • Col. Warren Dorlac, MD, associate professor of surgery.
  • Jed Hartings, PhD, associate research professor of neurosurgery.
  • Col. Jay Johannigman, MD, professor and chief of the division of trauma and critical care.
Nationally, Chard oversees the dissemination of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) to VA and Department of Defense clinicians across the United States and Canada. An active researcher, she has conducted several funded studies on the treatment and etiology of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and is studying the efficacy of CPT with veterans with PTSD and co-morbid traumatic brain injury.
Before joining the UC faculty full time, Dorlac served on active duty with the United States Air Force for 26 years, retiring in 2011. During his career, he oversaw trauma care in Iraq and Afghanistan as Central Command of the Joint Theater Trauma System, and is credited with installing medical advancements that led to improved survival and outcomes for combat casualties.
His last military assignment was serving as director of the USAF Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) from 2007 to 2011, as well as trauma consultant to the USAF Surgeon General from 2008 through 2011. At the College of Medicine, he serves as medical director of the acute care surgery service and an active member of the division of trauma, surgical critical care and acute care surgery.
Hartings served in the U.S Army for eight years before joining UC’s faculty. He has contributed significant research in both laboratory and clinical studies of acute brain injury and pioneered new methods to monitor pathologic processes in the brain. Most recently, he has characterized the detrimental effect of seizure-like “brain tsunamis” on recovery from brain trauma. He leads an international research consortium on brain monitoring with funding from the Department of Defense.
Johannigman has served six separate deployments to southern Iraq and was most recently deployed as deputy commander for clinical services for the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in 2012. Since his commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves in 1979, he has remained an active member of the United States Air Force Reserve. His current assignment is Individual Medical Augmentee to the Command Surgeon of Air Mobility Command. In addition, he serves as the Region V Chief for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
The USO also honored U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a Cincinnati podiatrist and Iraq War veteran, and Col. Gordon Roberts, a Middletown native and recipient of the Medal of Honor who also served as a longtime social worker and as brigade commander for Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Proceeds from the event fund programs operated by the USO Metropolitan Washington at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Cincinnati event is the largest supporter of USO-Metro outside of Washington, D.C.— in the past decade, local businesses and citizens have donated more than $4.3 million to support the USO’s efforts.
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