January 23-24, 2019 | Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, San Diego, CA

The 2019 Operational Medicine Symposium will focus on the tools and advances currently underway to enhance military medicine techniques and drastically improve the quality of life of our nation’s warfighters. This symposium will bring together highly regarded medical professions from all services to discuss the practice of medicine in expeditionary environments from battlefield to installation.

January 2019 Confirmed Speakers:


  • Rear Admiral Colin Chinn, USN
  • Joint Staff Surgeon
  • Joint Staff



  • Maj Gen (Dr.) John Degoes, USAF
  • Commander 59th Medical Wing
  • Joint Base San Antonio



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  • RDML Paul Pearigen, USN
  • Commander, Navy Medicine West
  • Chief of the Navy Medical Corps



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  • BG Joseph A Marsiglia, USAR
  • Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization Readiness and Army Reserve Affairs, OTSG
  • Office of the Surgeon General
  • Deputy Commanding General, AR-MEDCOM



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  • Dr. George Ludwig, SES
  • Principal Assistant for Research and Technology



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At our Symposium you will have the ability to

  • – Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing battlefield medicine.


  • – Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some the latest technologies and procedures to improve operational medicine.


  • – Influence:  Help foster ideas. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees

  • DSI’s symposium directly supports DoD, Military Services, and federal priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

  • DSI’s symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

  • The symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.


  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)

Topics to be Covered at the Symposium:


  • – Current Near-Term and Long-Term Medical R&D Initiatives to Enhance Combat Casualty Care and Survivability on the Battlefield
  • – Increasing the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Reliability of Healthcare Delivery across the DoD Enterprise
  • – Focusing on innovative research issues including traumatic brain injury treatment, wartime vascular injury management, and combat casualty care
  • – Collaborating with scientists across the services as well as industry solution providers and academics to offer top quality medical care in the maritime operational environment
  • – Initiating and disseminate policies that facilitate deployment of fully-trained and equipped medical personnel and units

Why You Should Attend This Symposium

  • This educational symposium will bring together senior medical officials, clinicians, government leaders, academia, and solution providers to discuss the policies, strategies, and medical advancements required to improve operational medicine and increase warfighter survivability across the DoD.
  • Due to the significant advances in operational medicine and preventative equipment, our Nation’s Warfighters have had the highest survival rate in modern history, however, there is still significant work to be done. DoD medical officials must actively engage with commercial partners to deliver the most up to date and technologically advanced techniques and equipment to ensure our Warfighters are ready pre-deployment, on the field, and post-deployment.
  • The 2019 Operational Medicine Symposium will focus on the need for all service members to invest in readiness tools and techniques and medical modernization resources which will create capabilities to enhance and support warfighter’s needs on the battlefield.
  • DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposiums’ content and focus areas. We seek to bring together the respected leaders from US military commands, leading research centers, government agencies, and industry technology providers. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

  • The Operational Medicine Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.








Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings. In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all. Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.