Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD
Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret)
Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs. Military & Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Prior to his retirement after 32 years of active service, Lieutenant General (Retired) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD served as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General & Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. He committed his career to meeting the health needs of soldiers, their families, and veterans throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific, focusing on soldier medical readiness, enhancing battlefield care, establishing comprehensive behavioral healthcare, fostering a culture of trust, advancing pain management, and promoting health by preventing combat wounds, injury and illness.

He is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the nation’s only federal health university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD. His principal interests are in both Complementary and Integrative Health & Medicine (CIHM) in the shift from a disease management-focused healthcare system to one more centered on the improvement and sustainment of health & well-being leading to optimal human performance. He promotes CIHM education and training for physicians and other health professionals, especially as they contribute to the management of acute and chronic pain. Dr. Schoomaker is also exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals, so as to realize USU’s vision as the nation’s “health leadership academy.”


Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, III, MD
Colonel, US Army (Ret)
Professor, Program Director & Principal Investigator

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine. He is a Professor in Anesthesiology at the USU, and a Diplomat with the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Buckenmaier attended Catawba College on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and graduated with a degree in Biology in 1986. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a Master of Science Degree in Biology in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, completing his Anesthesia Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, he completed a one-year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Duke University in 2002, resulting in the creation of the only Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Defense, based at Walter Reed.

In September 2003, he deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to Balad, Iraq, and demonstrated that the use of advanced regional anesthesia can be accomplished in a forward deployed environment. He performed the first successful continuous peripheral nerve block for pain management in a combat support hospital. In April 2009, he deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the British military and organized the first acute pain service in a theatre of war. Author and Co-Editor of the Acute and Perioperative Pain section in the journal Pain Medicine, Dr. Buckenmaier is extensively published in pain medicine field, particularly as it relates to combat wounded. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of US Medicine with a monthly column on topics of federal medicine interest.



Kevin Galloway, BSN, MHA
Colonel, US Army (Ret)
Deputy Director,
Strategic Communications and Policy

Kevin Galloway is currently the Deputy Director, Strategic Communications and Policy at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM), the pain management advisory organization for the Military Health System.

Prior to joining DVCIPM in 2014, Kevin completed a 27-year career in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps where he retired at the rank of Colonel. His last assignment was in the Office of the Army Surgeon General where he served as the Director of the Army Pain Management Program and Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense’s Pain Management Task Force. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and later from Baylor University with Masters in Health Care Administration.

His military career included a variety of clinical and administrative assignments in both fixed facility and military field hospitals. His military deployments include Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Operation Provide Promise in Zagreb, Croatia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq. His military awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and six Army Achievement Medals. He is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency designator, an award used to recognize the accomplishments of senior medical leaders who have made significant contributions to the Army Medical Department.

He was a recipient of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 2011 Presidential Commendation and 2017 Presidential Excellence in Education Award.


Kelly Kiser, MBA
Deputy Director
Research Operations & Finance

Kelly Kiser is the Deputy Director of Research Operations & Finance at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). In her role she is responsible for overseeing administrative and financial operations.

She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in 1998 after working 8 years for the federal government. She has supported a number of HJF programs to include the Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center (1998-2001); the Post-Polio Syndrome Program (2001-2002); the Comprehensive Neuroscience Program (2003-2005); and joined DVCIPM in 2005.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art / Advertising from Concord University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.


Krista Beth Highland, PhD
Deputy Director

Dr. Highland is the Deputy Director of Science at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). They are a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in statistical methodology and clinical research. Dr. Highland is also a Research Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Military and Emergency Medicine, and Medicine.

They have been with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) since April 2014. Dr. Highland completed their PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. After their PhD, they completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center.


Mary McDuffie, BSN, RN, CCRP
Research Manager

Mary McDuffie is the Research Manager for the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). In her role as a Research Manager she is responsible for supervising the research staff and overseeing research protocol development, implementation, and execution.

She joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in 2011 and has been a registered nurse for many years with a background in Burn ICU, Case Management, and Hospice.

Mary holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the Catholic University of America and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.


Hisani R. McNally, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Research Nurse Manager

Hisani joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in 2008. Her nursing career has comprised of critical care and pain management. She has been a part of the DVCIPM team for over a decade, managing the clinical research support of the program.

Hisani possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Hampton University, Master's Degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. She is also an active member of Upsilon Phi Delta Honors Society.