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UC Health Trauma Surgeon and U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Jay A. Johannigman Honored as Hometown Hero During Opening Day


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Jay Johannigman, a Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero, is honored during opening day. He is a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve and a Professor of Surgery at the UC College of Medicine. He also heads the division of trauma, critical care, and surgery.

Dr. Jay A. Johannigman
Dr. Jay A. Johannigman honored as Hometown Hero During Opening Day

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About Dr. Jay A. Johannigman

Jay Johannigman is a surgeon at Knight Aerospace, a pioneer in advanced aeromedical transport, and an adjunct professor of surgery, and has been practicing as trauma and critical-care surgeon for over 25 years. After receiving his MD at Case Western Reserve University, he began his professional career. After completing his postdoctoral training, Dr. Jay Johannigman was already commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the USAF Reserves. He returned to active duty in the role of staff surgeon and medical director at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center’s Surgical Critical Care Service.

After completing his active duty duty duty obligation, Dr. Johannigman was appointed Director of the Institute of Military Medicine and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. From 2001 to 2017, he was also the Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He would remain active in civilian and military medicine for the next several years. Dr. Johannigman was the founder of the Cincinnati Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills. Cincinnati CSTARS was established in 2001 and continues to be one of the five Military-Civilian Strategic Partnerships (Military-Civilian Strategic Partnerships) in the United States.

Dr. Jay A. Johannigman

He split his time over the next 20 years between military and academic roles. Over the next 18 years, he would be deployed to combat theatres in Iraq and Afghanistan seven times. He also used the war experience to translate the lessons from war into civilian trauma centers in the United States and at his home institution.

Dr. Johannigman was a trauma leader at the state, national, and local levels. He served as the Ohio Committee on Trauma State Chair as well as the Region Chief for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

He has been a military consultant for the Office of the Surgeon of the Air Force and a founding member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. Jay Johannigman, in addition to his professional and academic experience, has been active in the professional community as a member of many organizations and as a medical researcher. Nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers were published by him, including research in the areas of mechanical ventilation, en route treatment, and whole blood utilization. He is still active in clinical and basic research.

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