Jeff Leggit


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Director of Healthcare Operations
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Operational Medicine/Military Readiness
Office Phone


1986-1990 Bachelors of Science in Biology Norwich University, Military College of Vermont Northfield, Vermont

1990-1994 Doctor of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland

1994-1995 Intern- Family Medicine Dewitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Virginia

1995-1997 Resident-Family Medicine Dewitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Virginia

2000-2001 Fellow Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland
Primary Care Sports Medicine

2004-2005 Command and General Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Staff Officer’s Course (In-Residence)


Dr. Leggit is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS), Bethesda MD. He retired from 25 years of military service in the Army Medical Corps as a Colonel. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a certificate of added qualification in Primary Care Sports Medicine as well as a medical acupuncturist. He is the clinical module director for the Musculoskeletal Curriculum for the School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Healthcare Operations for the University Family Health Center. In addition he is one of the key faculty for the National Capital Consortium’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Prior to arriving at the USUHS, Dr. Leggit was the Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at Fort Detrick, MD. There he was responsible for all aspects of planning, execution, and management of the CDMRP mission, which included research in 17 programs including Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Ovarian cancer, Neurofibromatosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Autism and other peer-reviewed research programs with an annual budget of $500 million. Prior to the CDMRP, he served as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Commander of Barquist Army Health Clinic at Fort Detrick, MD. In 2003, Dr. Leggit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Battalion Surgeon with 1-67 Armor, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division earning a Bronze Star.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Leggit JC, Alisengco J, Carey P. Disorders of the Lower Extremity. In Paulman PM, Paulman AA, Nasir L (eds) Family Medicine: Principles And Practice, 7th ed, Springer, Switzerland, 2017 pgs 1489-1513

Leggit JC, Brundage C. Adaptive Sports Event Planning. In De Luigi AJ (ed) Adaptive Sports Medicine: A Clinical Guide Springer in press

Leggit JC, McCleod GA. Bracing: what has evidence to support it and what does not. Journal of Family Practice. in-press

Leggit JC. Acute and Chronic Paronychia. American Family Physician. in-press

Cummings D, Leggit JC, Quinlan JD. Point of Care Ultrasound in the management of Acute Shoulder Injury. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2016:15(6):423–425.

Attipoe S, Leggit JC, Deuster PA. Caffeine Content in Popular Energy Drinks and Energy Shots. Military Medicine 2016:181(9):1016-20.

Covey CJ, Sineath MH, Penta JF, Leggit JC. Prolotherapy: Can it help your patient? Journal of Family Practice 2015;64(12):763-768.

Leggit JC. Introduction of Integrative Health and Acupuncture to Pre-Clerkship Medical Students. Medical Acupuncture 2014;26(4):226-229.

Leggit JC. Evaluation and Treatment of GERD and Upper GI Complaints in Athletes. Current Sports Medicine Reports 2011;10(2):109-114

Leggit JC, Meko C. Acute Finger Injuries: Part I-II. Tendons and Ligaments. American Family Physician 2006;73(5):810-834.(cover article)


Musculoskeletal Clinical Module Director (Pre & Post Clerkship)

Faculty Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship