Chairman, Coagulation & Blood Research, US Army Institute of Surgical Research; Hematology-Oncology Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General
COL Cap (André) is originally from Easton, Pennsylvania. He received his BA cum laude from Harvard University where he studied Government. He earned an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, where he received the Kann Rasmussen Scholarship. He worked in management and policy consulting before enrolling in the Boston University School of Medicine where he earned an MD magna cum laude and a PhD in Pathology. He was also elected to AOA, and received the Dean’s Scholarship and a US Army Health Professions Scholarship. He completed Internal Medicine residency and Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (National Capitol Consortium), with additional training in Bone Marrow Transplantation at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2009, COL Cap has been assigned to the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His initial task was to supervise final equipping of the new Battlefield Health and Trauma Center and re-establish the Army’s Blood Research Program after transition from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland to the USAISR. In 2010, he assumed the role of Chief, Coagulation and Blood Research. He deployed to Iraq in 2011 with the 86th Combat Support Hospital where he served as Chief of Medicine. During his tenure at USAISR, COL Cap has led the DoD’s efforts to develop improved blood products to support combat casualty care. Other major areas of his research have included mechanisms of acute traumatic coagulopathy, blood-device interactions in extracorporeal life support systems, and the development of safety and potency assays for use of mesenchymal stem cells in acute trauma management. He has worked extensively with the Armed Services Blood Program, Special Operations Command, Joint Trauma System (JTS) and Pacific Command on a variety of blood and combat casualty care problems and has led the USAISR’s Prolonged Field Care Initiative. He is Chairman of the NATO Blood Panel and has contributed to the NATO Prehospital Care Improvement Initiative. In addition to clinical and teaching duties as a faculty member at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), COL Cap serves as fellowship director for the Clinical Research Fellowship and as Associate Program Director for the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship. He has also served as Medical Director for the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center on Fort Sam Houston. COL Cap is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Uniformed Services University, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas – San Antonio, and an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at both the University of Texas Health Science Centers in Houston and San Antonio. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers as well as several book chapters, and has filed several patent applications. He also contributed to a National Academy of Medicine report on the challenges of building a national trauma system. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Transfusion and on the editorial board of the journal Shock. COL Cap has received several awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Medical Department “A” designator for proficiency and the Order of Military Medical Merit. He has been recognized by the JTS Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, the Military Health System Research Symposium, the AABB Board of Directors, and the Army-Air Force Chapter of the American College of Physicians. COL Cap currently serves as the Hematology-Oncology Consultant to the Surgeon General of the US Army.