Christopher Jonas, DO, FAAFP

Christopher E. Jonas, DO, FAAFP, Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Name: Christopher E. Jonas, DO, FAAFP, Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Family Medicine
Co-Director, Multi-Systems and Complex Diseases Module; Director, Telehealth Course (B3)
Faculty Rank: 
Associate Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Family Medicine

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-3631


Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.) - High Honor Graduate
Ricks College - Rexburg, Idaho, 1997

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (Major:Psychology; Minor: Chemistry) - Summa Cum Laude
Southern Utah University - Cedar City, Utah, 1999

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - Kirksville, Missouri, 2004

Residency in Family Medicine
Scott Air Force Base/St. Louis University - Belleville, IL, 2004-2007

Faculty Development Fellowship
Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan, 2007-2008

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences - Bethesda, Maryland, 2011-2012

Air War College (By Seminar)
Air University - 2016


Christopher E. Jonas, DO is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. In this role, he serves as a core faculty member in Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. He also co-directs the Multi-Systems Module and directs the B3 Telehealth course. He is a Lt. Col. in the US Air Force and began work in the Department of Family Medicine in June 2016. Dr. Jonas earned his Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Scott Air Force Base/St Louis University in Belleville, Illinois where he served as Chief Resident of that program. He completed Fellowships in Faculty Development at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan and Primary Care Sports Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Jonas has fulfilled several roles in the US Air Force Medical Corps. Prior to arriving at USU, he was a physician for the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) in Washington DC from 2012-2016, where he was also a WHMU Deputy Director and Chief of Clinical & Executive Medicine Services. Prior to entering the White House Medical Unit, Dr. Jonas completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, including significant amounts of time at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Jonas spent 4 years as a faculty member at Eglin Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency in Florida, where he was a clerkship and rotation site coordinator. He deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and completed Air War College via correspondence through Air University.

Dr. Jonas is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He was elected and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP) from 2012-2015 and Vice President of that organization from 2017-2018. He was elected President of USAFP and installed to this position in March 2019. He has been an Alternate Delegate and Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, the policy making body for the nation’s largest medical specialty organization.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Jonas C, Leggit JC. (2019) Sports Medicine: Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening and Evaluation of Adults. FP Essent. Jul;482:20-22.
  • Arnold M, Cooperstein N, Jonas CE. (2019) Anticoagulation for the Long-term Treatment of VTE in Patients with Cancer. Am Fam Physician. Jun 1;99(11):676-677.
  • Lax J, Wood, R, Jonas CE. (2019) Direct Oral Anticoagulants vs. Warfarin to Prevent Stroke and Embolic Events in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and CKD. Am Fam Physician. Apr 1;99(7):422-423.
  • Jonas CE, Durning SJ, Zebrowski C, Cimino F. (2019) An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institution Telehealth Course for Third-Year Medical Students. Acad Med. Jun;94(6):833-837
  • Bunt C, Jonas CE, Chang J. (2018) Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation. Am Fam Physician. Nov 1;98(9):576-585.
  • Jonas CE. Cimino, F, Hulsopple, C. (2018) Procalcitonin to Guide Antibiotic Therapy in Acute Respiratory Infections. Am Fam Physician. Jul 1;98(1):20-21.
  • Jonas CE. (2018) Musculoskeletal Therapies: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. FP Essent. Jul;470:11-15.
  • Nguyen D, Jonas CE, Will J. (2018) Effect of Pacifier Use on Duration of Breastfeeding. Am Fam Physician. Mar 1;97(5):311-312.
  • Servey JT, Jonas CE. (2018) Plantar Fascia Rupture: Ultrasound to Facilitate Recognition. J Am Board Fam Med. Mar-Apr;31(2):282-285.
  • Peebles R, Jonas CE. (2017) Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in the Athlete: Diagnosis and Management. Curr Sports Med Rep. Sep/Oct;16(5):336-342.