Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, Ph.D.

Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, Ph.D.

Eric Schoomaker

Name: Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: Military & Emergency Medicine
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs

Affiliated Center: USU LEAD

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Office Phone: (301) 295-1656


Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, Lieutenant General, U.S.Army (RET) serves as the Director of the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences (USU) LEAD program. After four years as the U.S. Army’s top medical officer, Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D. retired in 2012 from his role as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This followed 32 years of active service in uniform and 41 years as a commissioned Army officer. Doctor Schoomaker is exploring the central importance of leadership education and training for health professionals in both individual career development for different health professions—uniformed and civilian—and in an interprofessional, team-based setting.

Lieutenant General (RET) Schoomaker was sworn in as Army Surgeon General after commanding Walter Reed Army Medical Center & North Atlantic Regional Medical Command in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Ph.D. in human genetics in 1979.  He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina from 1976-78, followed by a fellowship in hematology at Duke in 1979. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and hematology.

While in uniform, he held many assignments, including Chief & Program Director, Department of Medicine and Director of Primary Care, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis (Tacoma), Wash.; Commander of the Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson (Colorado Springs), Colo.; Commander, 30th Medical Brigade & Fifth Corps Surgeon in Heidelberg, Germany; Chief of the Army Medical Corps; Commander of the Southeast Regional Medical Command/Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon (Augusta), GA; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command & Fort Detrick (Frederick), MD. Doctor Schoomaker is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards from the American Medical Association for outstanding government service, the Philipp M. Lippe, MD Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine for contributions to the social and political aspect of pain medicine, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University.