Colonel Jeffrey A. Bailey, MD, FACS, USAF

Hero of Military Medicine Award

Colonel (Dr) Jeffrey A. Bailey enlisted in the USAF in 1976 and served as a medical laboratory specialist at Beale AFB California. He attended the Air Force Physician Assistant (PA) Program and was commissioned in 1982. He served as a PA in primary care at Beale AFB California and the 15th Medical Group at Wheeler and Hickam Air Force Bases Hawaii. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California in 1986. He graduated from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Doctor of Medicine in 1996 as an Air Force Health Professions Scholar. He completed a residency in Surgery and a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at St. Louis University in 2003. He is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

While completing his trauma fellowship he led the effort to affiliate the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) with St. Louis University and its Level I trauma center and subsequently served as its director. In 2006 he transferred to the Missouri Air National Guard and served on the Staff of the Air Surgeon of the National Guard Bureau. He twice deployed (2006, 2007) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of Trauma at the Air Force Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base. He also deployed to the Combined-Joint Operational Area of US Central Command in 2010 to serve as the Joint Theater Trauma System (JTTS) Director and operationalized a system to capture clinical data from point of injury evacuations into a Tactical Evacuation (TACEVAC) registry. In 2011 Colonel Bailey returned to the Regular Air Force to serve as the Director of the Joint Trauma System (JTS) and its DoD Trauma Registry at Joint Base San Antonio Texas. During his service he led the JTS to designation as a Defense Center of Excellence and oversaw the re-alignment of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) from the Defense Health Board to the JTS. In 2013 he deployed again as the US Central Command JTTS Director and implemented the Pre-Hospital Trauma Registry (PHTR) across the expeditionary trauma system. With the re-alignment of the CoTCCC to JTS and implementation of the PHTR he effectively extended the operational cycle of system-wide continuous and near concurrent performance improvement across the entire continuum of combat casualty care.

In 2015 Colonel Bailey was assigned as the Director for Surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the tertiary academic medical center of the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market of the Military Health System. He is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is responsible for the operation and direction of all aspects of subspecialty and perioperative surgical care, education, research, and readiness for the Surgical Directorate.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Chief of the Military Region of its Regional Committees on Trauma. He also serves as a Director at Large for the National Trauma Institute. He is a past-Specialty Governor of the American College of Surgeons and a past-President of the St. Louis Surgical Society.

Colonel Bailey’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, and NATO Medal.

Colonel Bailey is married to Kimberly Anne Doran of Hillsborough, California. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.