Aaron B Holley


Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Chief of Pulmonary Service
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Airway disease and pulmonary physiology
Sleep in active duty service members
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Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Ft Belvoir, VA 2016
Fellowship Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine, Walter Reed AMC 2005-2009
Residency Internal Medicine, Walter Reed AMC 2001-2004
Medical Management of Biologic and Chemical Casualties Course, Walter Reed AMC 2003
Combat Casualty Care Course, Camp Bullis, TX 2001
MD, Uniformed Services University (USUHS), Bethesda, MD 1997-2001
Officer Basic Course (OBC), Medical Corps, San Antonio, TX 1997
BS (Biology/Psychology), Magna Cum Laude, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 1993-1997


LTC Aaron Holley has spent the last 6 years serving as the Chief of Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine at the Army's two largest medical centers. He is an academic physician, committed to excellence in clinical care, education, and research. His research interests include airway diseases, sleep disorders, and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, with a focus on application to the active duty war fighter. He has received funding to study the respiratory effects from deployment to South West Asia (Iraq and Afghanistan) and treatment of sleep disorders in active duty service members with post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a member of the Airways Disorders and Pulmonary Physiology, Function and Rehabilitation CHEST College (American College of Chest Physician) Networks. He designs educational content for the CHEST College, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU), and teaches/mentors medical students and house-staff from USU and Brooke Army Medical Center. During his 20 years of service with the US Army he has lived in Korea, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Chief of Pulmonary Service, SAMMC 2017-present

Specialty Clinic, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Operation Spartan Shield 2017

Chief of Pulmonary Service, SAMMC 2016-2017

Chief of Pulmonary Service, WRNMMC 2015-2016

Chief of Sleep Disorders Center, WRNMMC 2012-2015

Assistant Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship 2009-2014

OIC Intensive Care Unit, Camp Dwyer, Helmand Province Afghanistan 2010

Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, WRNMMC/WRAMC 2009-2012

OIC Camp Carrol Medical Clinic, Waegwan, S. Korea 2004-2005

US Army Medical Corps “A” Proficiency Designator in Pulmonary Medicine 2016


Hostler D, Marx E, Moores LK, Collen J, Mitchell J, Hostler J, Petteys S, Foster B, Holley PR, Holley AB. Validation of the IMPROVE Bleeding Risk Score. CHEST 2016; 149: 372-379.

Holley AB, Sobieszczyk M, Perkins M, Cohee B, Costan-Toth C, Mabe D, Liotta R, Abraham J, Holley PR, Sherner J. Lung function testing in service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with respiratory complaints. Respir Med 2016; 118:84-7.

Lobo JL, Holley A, Tapson V, Moores L, Oribe M, Barrón M, Otero R, Nauffal D, Valle R, Monreal M, Yusen RD, Jiménez D; PROTECT and RIETE investigators.Prognostic significance of tricuspid annular displacement in normotensive patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism. J Thromb Haemost 2014; 12(7): 1020-1027.

Holley AB, Petteys S, Mitchell J, Holley PR, Hostler JM, Clark P, Collen JF. Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis for Patients Receiving Regional Anesthesia Following Injury in Iraq and Afghanistan. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2014; 76(1):152-9.

Holley AB, Petteys S, Mitchell J, Holley PR, Collen J. Thromboprophylaxis and venous thromboembolism rates in soldiers wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. CHEST 2013; 144(3): 966-73.

Holley AB, Cohee B, Walter RJ, Shah AA, King CS, Roop S. Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperventilation Is Superior to Methacholine Challenge Testing for Detecting Airway Hyperreactivity in Nonathletes. J of Asthma 2012; 49(6): 614-619.

Mitchell J, Collen JF, Petteys S, Holley AB. A Simple Reminder System Improves Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Rates and Reduces Thrombotic Events For Hospitalized Patients. Journal Thromb Haemost 2012; 10: 236-243.

Holley AB, Shah AA, Lettieri CS. Efficacy of An Adjustable Oral Appliance and Comparison to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure For the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome CHEST 2011;140; 1511-1516.

Lettieri C, Shah AA, Holley AB, Kelly WF, Chang AS, Roop SR. A Short Course of Eszopiclone Improves CPAP Adherence: A Randomized Trial. Ann Int Med 2009; 151(10): 696-702.

Holley AB, Cheatham JG, Villines TC, Moores LK, Welka SJ. Novel Quantitative Echocardiographic Parameters in Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 2009; 28(4):506-12.