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The ACCAHC Lectureship in honor of Rick M‚Äčarinelli, ND, Lac

Plenary Session 06: "The Imperative for Integrative Medicine in the Military: A Personal and System Perspective" presented by: Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD

16:30 - 17:15, Regency Ballroom, Terrace Level

Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD 

Lieutenant General (ret.)

Former, Surgeon General

United States Army


Presentation Synopsis

Engaged in continuous armed conflict for over a decade, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen of the U.S. Military and their families have faced unprecedented physical and psychological challenges.  Great strides have been made in battlefield care as well as in evacuation, recovery and rehabilitation, all resulting in survival from grievous wounds and injuries unparalleled in our history. But the burden of pain and associated conditions such as depression and PTSD remains a major hurdle, not unlike similar problems suffered by patients in civilian medicine.  The widespread use of prescription narcotics and psychotropic drugs as well as complications from conventional management of chronic pain syndromes led the presenter to examine carefully the use of complementary & integrative health and medical modalities for the management of these complex problems. This personal journey of discovery by a senior leader charged with protecting Soldiers and returning them and their families to optimal health will be shared with conference attendees.



LTG Eric B. Schoomaker was sworn in as the 42nd Army Surgeon General on Dec. 11, 2007 and assumed command of the U.S. Army 
Medical Command on Dec. 13, 2007. Before this selection, LTG Schoomaker served as the Commanding General, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. In 1970 he graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1975 and completed his Ph.D. in Human Genetics in 1979.LTG Schoomaker completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., from 1976 to 1978, followed by a fellowship in Hematology at Duke University Medical Center in 1979. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Hematology. His military education includes completion of the Combat Casualty Care Course, Medical Management of Chemical Casualty Care Course, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. 

LTG Schoomaker has held a wide variety of assignments. From 1979 until 1982, he was a research hematologist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He served as Assistant Chief and Program Director, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1982 - 1988; Medical Consultant to Headquarters, 7th Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany, 1988 - 1990; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical 
Center, Landstuhl, Germany, 1990 - 1992; Chief and Program Director, Department of Medicine and Director of Primary Care, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash., 1992 - 1995; Director of Medical Education for the Office of The Surgeon General/Headquarters USAMEDCOM conducting a split operation between Washington, D.C., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1995 - 1997; and Director of Clinical Operations at the HQ USAMEDCOM, February to July 1997. From July 1997 to July 1999, he commanded the USA MEDDAC (Evans Army Community Hospital) at Fort Carson, Colo. He attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., from 1999 to 2000 followed by assignments as the Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) from July 2000 to March 2001, and Commander of the 30th Medical Brigade headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, from April 2001 to June 
2002. LTG Schoomaker was appointed Chief of the Army Medical Corps when he assumed command of the Southeast Regional Medical Command/Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in June 2002. He served as Corps Chief until Sept. 2006. Prior to commanding the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, he was the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Md., from July 2005 - March 2007. 

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit (with four oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He has been honored with the Order of Military Medical Merit and the "A" Proficiency Designator and holds the Expert Field 
Medical Badge.