Aizen Marrogi, MD

Aizen Marrogi, MD

Name: Aizen Marrogi MD, COL, USA

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health Division

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COL Aizen Marrogi is a currently a faculty member within the division of Global Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometric, USUHS in Bethesda, MD. He recently returned from an overseas deployment as a command surgeon for the office of security Cooperation (OSC-I) with US mission in Baghdad, Iraq. Where he served as medical advisor to the chief of the office of Security Cooperation on all health matters regarding immunization, health force protection of US uniformed, DoD civilian and contractors. He initiated more than half a billion in medical Foreign Military Sales in support of US modernization effort of Iraqi Security Forces including the F-16 and Apache programs. He is also the US Army Surgeon General Liaison office the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. In this capacity, he coordinates with Iraqi MOD, CentCom, OTSG and MTFs for Training of the Iraqi Health care providers from MOD. He completed a commander appointment position as the Chair of the Institutional review Board (IRB) tasked with approving all human subject research through-out Walter Reed Army Research Institute (WRAIR) Worldwide operation. He is also staff pathologist at the new Walter Reed National Medical center in Bethesda, MD.

COL Marrogi is a designator "A" which is the highest academic title within the DoD Medical Department, and his awards include Meritorious Service Medal (twice), Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Ribbon (twice), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Reserve Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Flight Surgeon Wing, Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Col Marrogi is proud of his Chaldean and Iraqi Heritage. He speaks, reads and writes in Syriac, Arabic and French languages.

Medical Education and Training

  • M.D. University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Resident in Anatomic Pathology (PGY-I and II), Department of Anatomic Pathology, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
  • Resident in Clinical Pathology (PGY-III and 1V) Grand Rapids Area Medical Educational Center Residency Program (GRAMEC), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fellow in Surgical Pathology, Department of Pathology, St. John Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Fellow in Dermatopathology, Department of Pathology, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Medical Staff & Senior Staff Fellow, National Cancer Institute (Intramural Program), Laboratory of Human carcinogenesis, NIH, Bethesda, MD


Dr. Marrogi's research interests are in Cancer Biology and Carcinogenesis, in particular the role of oxidative stress and redox regulatory pathways, gene therapy, molecular biomarkers and epidemiology. In addition to his work on the in-silco drug discovery, he has been exploring the role of plants phenolics extracts on several disease models including, Malaria, and Cancer. He has authored more than 150 original and review papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is a reviewer for a dozen medical journals and has served on several Grant Review Study Sections for both the department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. He is the founder of the United State Military Cancer Institute Bio-specimen Network which represents a Department of Defense effort in supporting National Cancer Institute's drive to acquire human samples for medical research. He is developing a program in effect of UV exposure on skin and immunity in deployed US troops. He is also actively engaged in designed a study of prevalence of no- neoplastic lung diseases in Iraqi native population. He is a great advocate of using soft powers such as Medicine and Science as to promote US Strategic partnership with Arab and Muslim world. He recently wrote an article to be published in Joint Forces Quarterly in April, 2014 entitled "Medical Diplomacy in International Relations: Concepts and Roles in Achieving US Global Strategic Objectives".

Research Interests

Cancer biology and carcinogenesis; molecular biomarkers, epidemiology; Bio-repository; and Botanical Drug Discovery for Oncology and Military Medicine.

Brief Chronology of Employment and Training

  • 2013-2013: Staff Scientist, Veterinary Service Program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD
  • 2012-2013: Surgeon - Office of Security Cooperation, US Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2009-2011: Institutional Review Board Chair, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • 2008-2009: Chief, Chemical-Biological program, Division of Experimental Therapeutics Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • 2001-2008: Staff Pathologist, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Department of Pathology and Area Laboratory Medicine, Washington, DC
  • 1997-1998: Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Surgery Louisiana State University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • 1992-1997: Director of Histology and Dermatopathology, Program Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship, Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA


Books: 4
Peer-Reviewed publications: 70
Chapters: 8
Book reviews: 2
Abstracts: 72
Clinical Protocols: 8
Oral or Poster Presentations: 4


Original Work

Marrogi. A. J., Duilami, S.: Medical Diplomacy in International Relations: Concepts and Roles in Achieving US Global Strategic Objectives. Joint Forces Quarterly, April, 2014

Levin,L.I., Kitchen, C. M. R., Liao, E., Kim, B., K., Marrogi, A., J., Widney, D., Krampf , R., Magpantay, L, Breen, E., Martínez-Maza, O. Elevated serum levels of CXCL13 precede the diagnosis of B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Submitted to JNCI.

Schwarzenberger, P., Byrne, Gaumer, R., Norton, J., Harrison, J, Marrogi, A. J., Kolls , J. Intra-Tumoral Drug Assessment of Mesothelioma Patients Following Treatment with PA1STK Cells and Ganciclovir. Can Gen Therapy 2011, 18:906-12.

Enewold L, Zhou J, Devesa SS, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Anderson WF, Zham SH, Stojadinovic A, Peoples GE, Marrogi AJ, Potter JF, McGlynn KA, Zhu K. Thyroid cancer incidence among active duty U.S. military, 1990-2004. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011, 20:2369-76

Professional Activities

Professional Societies, Membership
  • American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)(1997-current)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)(2006)
  • American Association for the Advancement of sciences (AAAS)(1994)
  • American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)(1990)
  • American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP)(1991)
  • American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT)(1995)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)(1989)
  • International Society of Cutaneous Cell Lymphoma (ISCL)(1993)
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP)(1989)
  • The Washington Dermatological Society (2007)
Peer Review Journal Editorial Staff
Peer Reviewer
  • Study Sections Peer Reviewer
  • Member of the Stakeholder panel CDMRP. Malignant Melanoma and New Global War on Terrorism: Impact of UV and Sun Exposure during over-seas deployments, February 23-24, 2009, Great Falls, VA.
  • Government Liaison, CDRPR/Institute of Biological Sciences Review panel, Leishmanial disease , September 21-23, 2008.
  • Member of the National Institutes of Health Review Panel Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2007/10 ZCA1 SRRB-3 (O1). Scientific Review Administrator; LALITA PALEKAR, PHD. Special Review and Logistics Branch, National Cancer Institute, June 21, 2007.
  • Member of the National Institutes of Health Review Panel, RFA CA-07-003, 10, 11, "Innovations in Cancer Sample Preparation". Scientific Review Administrator; Courtney Michael Kerwin, PhD, MPH, Special Review and Logistics Branch, National Cancer Institute, June, 2006.
  • Ad-hoc member of Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program, Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), September, 2006.
  • Member of the National Institutes of Health Review Panel, RFA CA-07-003, 10, 11, "Innovations in Cancer Sample Preparation". Scientific Review Administrator; Courtney Michael Kerwin, PhD, MPH, Special Review and Logistics Branch, National Cancer Institute, June, 2006.
  • Member of the National Institutes of Health Review Panel, RFA CA-06-004, "Innovations in Cancer Sample Preparation" and RFA CA-006-007 "Innovations in Cancer Sample Preparation (SBIR/STTR), June, 2005.
Journals Peer Reviewer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
  • Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
  • American Journal of Surgical Pathology
  • Cancer Research
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Environmental Health Perspective
  • Journal of American Medical Sciences
  • Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
  • Journal of Hematotherapy
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute
  • International Journal of Cancer
  • Journal of health for the Poor and Underserved
Language Proficiency
  • Classic Arabic, and Iraqi, Gulf and Egyptian dialects (DLPT Level 3)
  • French, Syriac (Modern Aramaic)
  • Spanish and German (comprehend and read)