Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Muench, DO, FAAFP, USA
Hero of Military Medicine
Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Muench received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1998 and his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa in 2002. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Following graduation from West Point in 1998 and Medical School in 2002, LTC Muench trained as an intern, resident, and Chief Resident in Family Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. His first assignment following residency was as the Chief of Flight Medicine at the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. LTC Muench completed fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the National Capital Consortium, Washington, DC, in 2009. He deployed as a Battalion Surgeon with 2-87 Infantry in the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan in 2006-2007, and with the 28th Combat Support Hospital as the Director of Inpatient Services in Basra, Iraq in 2010.
LTC Muench served as full-time teaching faculty in the Madigan Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), WA, as well as the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine for the Hospital from 2009-2013. From 2012-2013 he was the project officer and Director of the Soldier Peak-Performance and Rehabilitation of the Tactical Athlete (SPARTA) Clinic on JBLM, instituting a cutting-edge approach to injured Soldier care. He currently serves as the Battalion Surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) on JBLM.
LTC Muench has served as the Team Physician for American University in Washington, DC, the US Army Team Physician for the Wounded Warrior Games, and a US Olympic Team Physician in Sochi, Russia. He maintains clinical professorships at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
LTC Muench is a graduate of the Officer Advanced and Basic Courses. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (second award), the Army Commendation Medal (third award), the Army Achievement Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
LTC Muench is married to Dr. Dawn Muench.