Chester C. Buckenmaier III


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Director, Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Pain management in military evacuation
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2001-02 Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Degree: Fellow Regional Anesthesiology

1998-01 Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, D.C.
Degree: Anesthesiology Residency
Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology 26 Apr. 2002

1992-93 William Beaumont Army Medical Center
El Paso, TX
Degree: General Surgery Internship

1988-92 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
Bethesda, MD
Degree: M.D. May, 1992

1986-88 East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
Degree: M.S. Biology

1982-86 Catawba College
Salisbury, NC
Degree: B.A. Biology and Chemistry, Cum Laude


Doctor Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine. He is Program Director Emeritus of the National Capital Consortium’s Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Professor in Anesthesiology at the USU and a Diplomat, with the American Board of Anesthesiology.
He attended Catawba College, on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1986. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a Master in Science in Biology in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, completing his Anesthesia Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, he completed a one year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Duke University in 2002, resulting in the creation of the only Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Defense, based at Walter Reed.
In September 2003, he deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to Balad, Iraq, and demonstrated that the use of advanced regional anesthesia can be accomplished in a forward deployed environment. He performed the first successful continuous peripheral nerve block for pain management in a combat support hospital. In April 2009, he deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the British military and organized the first acute pain service in a theatre of war. Author and Co-Editor of the Acute and Perioperative Pain section in Pain Medicine, he is extensively published in pain medicine, particularly as it relates to combat wounded. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of US Medicine with a monthly column on topics of federal medicine interest.


Kent ML, Tighe PJ, Belfer I, Brennan TJ, Bruehl S, Brummett CM, Buckenmaier CC, Buvanendran A, Cohen RI, Desjardins P, Edwards D. The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions. Pain Medicine. 2017 May 1;18(5):947-58.

Buckenmaier III CC, Galloway KT, Polomano RC, McDuffie M, Kwon N, Gallagher RM. Preliminary validation of the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS) in a military population. Pain Medicine. 2013 Jan 1;14(1):110-23.

Buckenmaier III CC, Galloway KT, Polomano RC, McDuffie M, Kwon N, Gallagher RM. Preliminary validation of the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS) in a military population. Pain Medicine. 2013 Jan 1;14(1):110-23.

Polomano RC, Galloway KT, Kent ML, Brandon-Edwards H, Kwon KN, Morales C, Buckenmaier III CT. Psychometric testing of the defense and veterans pain rating scale (DVPRS): a new pain scale for military population. Pain Medicine. 2016 Jun 6;17(8):1505-19.

Highland KB, Schoomaker A, Rojas W, Suen J, Ahmed A, Zhang Z, Carlin SF, Calilung C, Kent M, Buckenmaier III C. Benefits of the Restorative Exercise and Strength Training for Operational Resilience and Excellence Yoga Program for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Service Members: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017 Sep 14.

Tighe P, Buckenmaier CC, Boezaart AP, Carr DB, Clark LL, Herring AA, Kent M, Mackey S, Mariano ER, Polomano RC, Reisfield GM. Acute pain medicine in the United States: a status report. Pain Medicine. 2015 Sep 1;16(9):1806-26.

Cook KF, Buckenmaier 3rd C, Gershon RC. PASTOR/PROMIS® pain outcomes system: What does it mean to pain specialists?. Pain. 2014 Jul;4(4):277-83.

Buckenmaier CC, McKnight GM, Winkley JV, Bleckner LL, Shannon C, Klein SM, Lyons RC, Chiles JH. Continuous peripheral nerve block for battlefield anesthesia and evacuation. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine. 2005 Apr 30;30(2):202-5.

Buckenmaier III CC, Klein SM, Nielsen KC, Steele SM. Continuous paravertebral catheter and outpatient infusion for breast surgery. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2003 Sep 1;97(3):715-7.

Buckenmaier C. Military advanced regional anesthesia and analgesia handbook. Government Printing Office; 2009.