COL Rocco A. Armonda, MD, USA

Hero of Military Medicine

Dr. Rocco Armonda serves as the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology for the National Captial Neurosurgery Consortium at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor and Division Director for Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Armonda earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. He completed his Neurosurgery Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and a fellowship in Crebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiolgoy at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

As Commander of the 207th Neurosurgery Team, Dr. Armonda deployed to Iraq from March 2003 - February 2004, conducting both military and humanitarian neurosurgical care. During this time, he was awarded the Bronze Star for servie. Addiitional awards have included the Army Medical Proficiency "A" Designator for excellence in both clinical and academic medicine, as wellas the Young Neurosurgeon's Award presented to him by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a co-recipient of the 2011 International Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Surgical Planning Society's Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Armonda's focus continutes in the area of cerebroascular disease and trauma with an emphasis on neurocritical care. He has advanced the use of multi-modal monitoring and treatment techniques to patients with neurotrauma and stroke with both invasive and non-invasive monitoring. This includes the application of hypothermia in severe wartime trauma. His seminal work includes the detection and treatment of traumatic cerebrovasospasm, traumatic pseudoaneurysms, decompressive craniotomy fro wartime trauma, cranial-facial post-traumatic reconstruction, multimodal AVM treatments, and the design and deployment of the advance neurointerventional operating room.