Susan Dukes, PhD
Susan Dukes, PhD, Colonel, Air Force
Name: Susan Dukes, PhD, Colonel, Air Force
During her first assignment to Scott Air Force Base (AFB) IL, Colonel Dukes served as a Critical Care Nurse, General Surgery Clinical Coordinator, and Operations Officer while earning her Masters of Arts Degree in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University, MO in 1997. After earning a Master of Science Degree in Trauma/Critical Care Nursing in 2000 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, she was assigned as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX. Col Dukes then served as a White House Nurse from 2003 to 2007 during which time she provided comprehensive nursing care to the President and Vice President of the United States and was the Officer in Charge of Air Force One medical resources, equipment, and inventory.
Colonel Dukes earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing Science and a Certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions in 2010 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She then was assigned to the Aeromedical Research Division of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) as a Senior Nurse Scientist. From July 2012 to January 2013, she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Deputy Director of the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team. In 2014, she assumed the role of En Route Care Research Division Chief at USAFSAM until moving to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2016.
Colonel Dukes is a certified Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist with numerous research grants and publications to her name and is currently the Military Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Nursing Research. She continues to serve on boards and steering committees working to improve en route care for patients and clinicians.
Colonel Dukes’ military decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and numerous unit and service awards.