Patricia A. Deuster


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Human Performance, Dietary Supplements, Physical Fitness
Community Engagement, Total Force Fitness
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College of William and Mary A.B. 01/1971 Mathematics
College of William and Mary M.A. 05/1978 Physical Ed/Education
University of Maryland Ph.D. 051982 Nutr Sci & Biochem
USUHS School of Medicine Post-Doc 07/1982 Physiology
USUHS School of Medicine M.P.H. 12/1995 Epidemiology


Patricia A. Deuster, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland and Director for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), the Defense Center of Excellence for Human Performance Optimization Translation. She obtained an AB in Mathematics and Computer Science and MA in Education and Physical Education from the College of William and Mary, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Physiology from the University of Maryland, and a MPH with an emphasis in public health and epidemiology from USU.

Dr. Deuster chairs the Department of Defense (DoD) Dietary Supplement Subcommittee, is a member of the DoD Food and Nutrition Subcommittee, serves on the DoD Human Performance Optimization Committee, the VA/DoD Health Executive Committee Women's Health Work Group, the DoD Nutrition Committee, and the DoD Population Health Working Group. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has over 200 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters and books relating to human performance with a focus on health, total force fitness, nutrition, dietary supplements, physical performance, and exertional-related health events. In addition she has developed multiple educational materials related to human performance and total force fitness: Visit the CHAMP Human Performance Resource Center ( and Operation Supplement Safety ( websites. Dr. Deuster is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and received the Special Operations Medical Researcher Award from the Special Operations Medical Association in 2014.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2012 - Present Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance, A Defense Center of Excellence, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, USUHS, Bethesda, MD

2000 - Present Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine, USUHS, Bethesda, MD

1989 - 2000 Associate Professor of Military and Emer Medicine & Neuroscience, USUHS, Bethesda, MD


Van Wagoner RM, Eichner A, Bhasin S, Deuster PA, Eichner D. Chemical Composition and Labeling of Substances Marketed as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators and Sold via the Internet. JAMA. 2017;318(20):2004-2010.

Russell A, Deuster PA. Human Performance Optimization and Precision Performance: The Future of Special Operations Human Performance Efforts. J. Spec. Oper. Med. 2017;17(1):80-89.

Nelson DA, Deuster PA, Kurina LM. Sickle Cell Trait and Rhabdomyolysis among U.S. Army Soldiers. N. Engl. J. Med. 2016;375(17):1696.

Higgins JP, Babu K, Deuster PA, Shearer J. Energy Drinks: A Contemporary Issues Paper. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Feb;17(2):65-72.

de la Motte SJ, Gribbin TC, Lisman P, Murphy K, Deuster PA. Systematic Review of the Association Between Physical Fitness and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: Part 2-Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength. J. Strength Cond. Res. 2017;31(11):3218-3234

Cohen PA, Travis JC, Keizers PHJ, Deuster P, Venhuis BJ. Four experimental stimulants found in sports and weight loss supplements: 2-amino-6-methylheptane (octodrine), 1,4-dimethylamylamine (1,4-DMAA), 1,3-dimethylamylamine (1,3-DMAA) and 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (1,3-DMBA). Clin. Toxicol. (Phila.). 2017:1-6.

Kazman JB, Scott JM, Deuster PA. Using item response theory to address vulnerabilities in FFQ. Br J Nutr. 2017 Sep;118(5):383-391.

Givens ML, Deuster PA, Kupchak BR. CHAMP Symposium on Androgens, Anabolic Steroids, and Related Substances: What We Know and What We Need to Know. Mil. Med. 2016;181(7):680-686.

Magee CD, Witte S, Kwok RM, Deuster PA. Mission Compromised? Drug-Induced Liver Injury From Prohormone Supplements Containing Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids in Two Deployed U.S. Service Members. Mil. Med. 2016;181(9):e1169-1171.

Chatham-Stephens K, Taylor E, Chang A, et al. Hepatotoxicity associated with weight loss or sports dietary supplements, including OxyELITE Pro - United States, 2013. Drug Test Anal. 2017;9(1):68-74.