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Army Major General Dr. James Gilman to Speak About Leadership Development

April 9, 2012

The commander of one of the U.S. Army's top medical research and materiel commands, Major General James K. Gilman, M.D., will give a special leadership development presentation at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Kahn Room of the Hulman Student Union. This free event has been organized by Rose-Hulman's Leadership Advancement Program.

      James Gilman
  Major General Dr. James K. Gilman, M.D. 

Dr. Gilman is a 1974 Rose-Hulman biology graduate and a native of Hymera, Ind., in nearby Sullivan County.

Delivering the best medical solutions to enhance, protect, treat, and heal American service men and women has been the focus of Gilman's 34-year military service career. He is currently commander of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick (Md.), a premier quad-services installation that's home to the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the National Cancer Institute, and 37 mission partners. The operations also host a National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research and National Interagency Biodefense Campus.      

Under Dr. Gilman's leadership, the materiel command has led many efforts to field the best possible products to protect soldiers and save lives. During the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the command has provided critical support to joint medical operations and is providing solutions that address lessons learned and changes in operational requirements. As the Army's medical materiel developer, the command manages the acquisition and fielding of all medical equipment used by deployed Army medical units, and played a key role in managing the responsible return of materiel from Iraq as U.S. forces drew down.

Some of the products new to the battlefield, coming from Fort Detrick, include the remote leishmania diagnostics, combat gauze, damage control resuscitation for non-compressible hemorrhage, combat application tourniquet, rotary valve pressure swing adsorption oxygen generator, improved first aid kit, and anesthesia machines.

Dr. Gilman previously served as the commander of Brooke Army Medical Center (Texas) and the Great Plains Regional Medical Command, which overseas Army hospitals and clinics in 16 states. Other assignments have had him serving as commander of the Walter Reed Health Care System, which includes Walter Reed Hospital; director of health policy and services directorate for the Office of the Surgeon General; commander of the USAMEDDAC at Fort Wainwright (Alaska); deputy commander for clinical services at Madigan Army Medical Center (Wash.); deputy commander for clinical services at Fort Hood (Texas); and chief of cardiology services at Brooke Army Medical Center. He completed overseas tours in Alaska and Germany and served with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Haiti.

Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army surgeon general and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command, has praised Dr. Gilman, stating "Jim really has been a beacon of rationality, compassion, integrity and honesty. Jim is one of those people who really speaks truth to power. I never have lost sleep knowing Jim has been in command."

Dr. Gilman earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kan.), and the U.S. Army War College (Carlisle Barracks, Pa.). Military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Staff Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He also is the recipient of The Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.