From Baghdad to Austin: Translating Military Combat Casualty Care Lessons

Colonel James Geracci, MD presents "From Baghdad to Austin: Translating Military Combat Casualty Care Lessons From 15 Years of War to the Civilian Sector." The lecture describes the evolution of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) techniques, procedures, and equipment over the past 15 years of war and how, in light of events like the Boston Marathon Bombing and others, the lessons learned by the military in combat can be translated into the civilian sector.

Feel free to bring your lunch for this lunchtime talk.


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About the speaker:

Colonel James Geracci earned his MD from Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Following medical school and completion of internship training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, he served as Squadron Flight Surgeon for 1st of the Seventh US Cavalry at Fort Hood, TX and deployed with the unit to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge as Aviation Task Force Surgeon.

Upon completing his tour of duty as a general medical officer, Colonel Geracci returned to Brooke Army Medical Center for residency training in Urologic Surgery. With the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he deployed again as a Regimental Flight Surgeon and accompanied the lead attack aviation forces into Iraq. Following OIF, he was assigned as 6th Cavalry Brigade Flight Surgeon posted at Camp Humphreys, Korea before transitioning to Yongsan, Korea to serve as the Eighth US Army and 18th Medical Command Senior Flight Surgeon.

After his time in Korea, Colonel Geracci sought additional medical training completing a residency in Family Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Upon completion of training, he returned to Fort Hood, TX where he served as Chief, Family Medicine for the largest primary care department in the Department of Defense at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC). Additionally, during that time he served as a teaching faculty in the Family Medicine residency training program at CRDAMC. Remaining at Fort Hood, he transitioned to First Cavalry Division where he served as the Command Surgeon and deployed with the unit to Afghanistan as the Regional Command East and Combined Joint Task Force Surgeon.

Upon returning from deployment, Colonel Geracci transitioned to Joint Base San Antonio, TX where he served as Senior Combat Capability Developer for the Army Medical Department. During that time period, he again deployed to Afghanistan as the Director of Prehospital Trauma Care for the US Central Command Joint Theater Trauma System. Colonel Geracci is currently assigned as the Command Surgeon for III Corps and Fort Hood, TX and recently redeployed as the CJTF Operation Inherent Resolve Command Surgeon in Baghdad, Iraq.

Colonel Geracci’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghan and Iraqi Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Service Medal.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Health Learning Building (HLB), 1.111
1501 Red River St, Austin TX, 78701

Event Type

Health & Wellness


Dell Medical School

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public

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Stephen J Zitta

Stephen J Zitta left a positive review 6/20/2017

Very interesting a great view on changes in life saving priorities. Good example of a use of data. The move to focus pre-hospital and buddy aid was great.

Alan H Mark

Alan H Mark 6/20/2017

I am not able to attend, do to work commitments (I am UTPD, and a Tactical Medic) will this be available on Video??
Thank you.
Alan Mark, EMT(T), CLS-I
Police Officer, UTPD