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COLONEL THOMAS W HARRELL

Colonel Harrell is the Commander, DoD-VA Joint Venture Hospital Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the Alaskan Command Surgeon, and the Senior Market Manager for the Anchorage Multi-service Market. The Joint-Venture Arctic Medics strive to be the premier Department of Defense-Veterans Administration Joint Venture by providing world-class health care to 166,000 Alaskan DOD and VA beneficiaries, with support from TRICARE and the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership.

Colonel Harrell was born at Landstuhl Army Medical Center, Germany. He received an ROTC Pre-Health Profession Scholarship graduating from the University of South Florida in 1988 where upon he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Colonel Harrell was conferred a doctor of medicine degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1992, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center in 1995 followed by a sponsored fellowship in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado completing his training in 1998.

He reported for active duty at Nellis AFB as the chief of cardiopulmonary department at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital in 1998 later becoming the chief of medical services. At Brooks City-Base, Colonel Harrell served as the USAF Aeromedical Consult Service cardiologist and subsequently as the first chief of the Medical Flight Screening Branch. He served an operational tour as the Chief of Aeromedical Services for the 435 MDG, Ramstein AB Germany prior to assuming inaugural command of the surgical operations squadron at RAF Lakenheath England. Leaving England, Colonel Harrell became the Deputy Director of Air Force Medical Services at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland-Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He completed a Masters in Strategic Study with academic distinction as class president of the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama before assuming command of the Joint Venture facility here at JBER. He is a senior flight surgeon with experience in a variety of aircraft.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor of Science degree in biology cum laude, University of South Florida, Tampa
1992 Doctor of medicine degree, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa
1995 Residency in Internal Medicine, Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center, Dayton
1998 Fellowship in Cardiology/Electrophysiology, Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Ctr, Denver
2001 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course
2004 Air War College via correspondence
2004 Chief Aeromedical Services/Advanced Flight Surgeon Course
2005 Intermediate Executive Skills Course
2009 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives
2009 American College of Physician Executives
2011 Master of Strategic Studies with academic distinction, Air War College
2012 Medical Capstone, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1998 - June 2002: Chief, Medical Services; Chief, Medicine Clinic; Chief, Cardiopulmonary; Director, Phase II Physician Assistant Training Prgm Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital, Nellis AFB, NV.
2. June 2002 - June 2005: Chief, Medical Flight Screening Branch; Chief, Medical Flight Screening Echocardiography; Chief, Flying Class One Screening Program; OIC, Nuclear Medicine; Staff cardiologist, Aeromedical Consultation Service Brooks City-Base, TX; Staff cardiologist, Wilford Hall Medical Center.
3. June 2005 - June 2007: 435 MDG/SGP; Flight Commander, Flight Medicine Clinic; Medical Director, Kaiserslautern Military Community Emergency Response System; Staff cardiologist, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
4. Jul 2007-Jul 2009: Commander 48 MDG Surgical Operations Squadron; RAF Lakenheath
5. Jul 2009-Jul 2010: Deputy Medical Operations, Air Force Medical Operations Agency; Lackland-Kelly AFB
6. Jul 2010-May 2011: Student Air War College

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: senior flight surgeon
Flight hours: Total: 363 hrs Combat: 94 hrs
Aircraft flown: F-16C, F-16D, T-43A, T-37B, C-40, C-21, C-20, C-130 (E/H), C-17, UH-60, KC-135

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award
2011 Air War College Research Excellence Award
2007 Excellence in clinical/academic teaching Special Experience Identifier
2004 AFMC Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award
2004-2009 Aerospace Cardiology Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General
2002 Paul W. Myers Award for USAF Physician Assistant Preceptor of the Year
1999, 2000, 2001 Preceptor of the year Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital

CERTIFICATIONS/FELLOWSHIPS
American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Certified Physician Executive
Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant April 30, 1988
Captain April 25, 1992
Major April 25, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel April 25, 2004
Colonel May 31, 2009

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

Contributing Author to Management of Ischemic Heart Disease. Washington, DC: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline Working Group, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Health Affairs, Department of Defense, October 2001. Update November 2003. Office of Quality and Performance publication 10Q-CPG/IHD-03
DoD/VA

Antonio AD, Palm-Leis A, Jackson B, Harrell TW, Kruyer WB. Screening echocardiograms in military pilot applicants: Spectrum of findings in 10,057 males and 930 females. Aerospace Medical Association 74th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2003;74(4):421.

Rivera Y, Harrell TW, Antonio AD, Jackson B, Palm-Leis A, Kruyer WB. Mitral valve prolapse substrate in 10,987 consecutive screening echocardiograms: How long until they cross the line? Aerospace Medical Association 74th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2003;74(4):422.

Harrell TW, Rivera Y, Antonio AD, Jackson B, Palm-Leis A, Kruyer WB. Mitral valve prolapse characteristics in 10,987 consecutive screening echocardiograms: Can we define high risk early? Aerospace Medical Association 74th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2003;74(4):459.

Harrell TW, Hinkle JD, Kruyer WB. Show Me the Evidence II: Military Aviator Returned to Flying Duties After Myocardial Infarction with Normal Coronaries Syndrome, Aerospace Medical Association 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2004;75(4)Supp:B52.

Barnett SL, Harrell TW, Lopez FM, Kruyer WB. Baseline Characteristics of Bicuspid Aortic Valve Diagnosed By Screening Echocardiography of Military Pilot Applicants, Aerospace Medical Association 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2004;75(4)Supp:B53.

Harvis LH, Harrell TW. +Gz Induced Arrhythmias in Aircrew with Aortic Insufficiency: Just the Facts Please, Aerospace Medical Association 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2004;75(4)Supp:B53.

Kruyer WB, Harrell TW. Screening Military Aviators for Cardiac Disorders: The US Air Force Experience, Aerospace Medical Association 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2004;75(4)Supp:B75.

Kruyer WB, Harrell TW, Pickard JS, Barnett SL. Surgical and Catheter-Based Coronary Artery Revascularization: New Aeromedical Disposition Policy for USAF Aircrew, Aerospace Medical Association 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2003. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Apr 2004;75(4)Supp:B92.
Zarr SP, Kruyer WB, Harrell TW. Atrial Fibrillation Treated by Radiofrequency Ablation: Does the Evidence Support Return to Flying? Aerospace Medical Association 76th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2005. Abstract published Aviat Space Environ Med. Mar 2005;76(3):265.

Strader JR, Harrell TW, Adair A, Kruyer WB. Efficacy of Echocardiographic Screening of Pilot Applicants. Aviat Space Environ Med May 2008;79(5):514-7.