Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, III, COL, MC, USA

Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, III, COL, MC, USA

Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier

Name: Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, III, COL, MC, USA

Department of Primary Appointment: Military & Emergency Medicine
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Associate Professor & Director, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)

Affiliated Center: DVCIPM

Office Phone: (301) 816-4723
Fax Number: (301) 816-4705


Doctor Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the Director for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine.  He is Program Director Emeritus of the National Capital Consortium’s Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Professor in Anesthesiology at the USU and a Diplomat, with the American Board of Anesthesiology.

He attended Catawba College, on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1986.  He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a Master in Science 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 Pain Medicine, he is extensively published in pain medicine, 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.