Susan Dukes, PhD

Susan Dukes, PhD, Colonel, Air Force

Name: Susan Dukes, PhD, Colonel, Air Force

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
GSN Administration
Commandant/Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


Colonel Susan F. Dukes is the Commandant and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing as well as an Assistant Professor. Colonel Dukes earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1986 before earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI in 1989. In 1994, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States 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.