COL James M. Ecklund, MD, FACS

Dr. James M. Ecklund is Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Program of the National Capital Consortium Neurosurgery Program, which includes Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and National Naval Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He obtained his undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University and subsequently completed neurosurgical residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1993. After residency he served as Assistant Chief and Chief of Neurosurgery at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Walter Reed in 1996 and became the Chief & Residency Program Director of the Walter Reed Neurosurgical Service one year later. In 1998, the Walter Reed and National Naval programs merged into the National Capital Consortium Neurosurgery Program and Dr. Ecklund was appointed Chairman, a position he still holds.

Dr. Ecklund is a general neurosurgeon with primary clinic interests in neurotrauma, complex spine, and cerebrovascular disease. His research interests include military relevant neurotrauma with an emphasis on blast and penetrating injury. He directs a neurotrauma laboratory at the Uniformed Services University. He holds the rank of COL in the U.S Army, and has been deployed as a Neurosurgeon to both Afghanistan and Iraq. His Neurosurgery Program has received the vast majority of the American neurotrauma casualties from the Global War on Terrorism.

Dr. Ecklund has held numerous leadership positions within neurosurgical and national organizations including Chairman of the Membership Committee for the AANS, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Military Neurosurgeons of the AANS and CNS, President of the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery, and Program Director for the 11-18th International Spine and Peripheral Nerve workshops. He serves on the Committee of Trauma for the American College of Surgeons, is broadly published, and has lectured throughout the nation and the world regarding neurotrauma care. He also serves on multiple oversight and advisory boards for the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, NATO, Neurotrauma Foundation, and Brain Trauma Foundation. Dr. Ecklund has been awarded the LTG William H. Arnold award and the AUSA award for "best exemplifying the traditions of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army." He received the General Graves B. Erksine award as the Outstanding Resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the General George Hayes Award for the Outstanding Neurosurgery Faculty Member. Dr. Ecklund has been awarded the A- Designator by the Surgeon General of the Army for excellence in neurosurgery, been inducted into the Society for Military Medical Merit, and has been elected into the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

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