Jeff Leggit


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Vice Chair
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Operational Medicine/Military Readiness
Office Phone


1986-1990 Bachelors of Science in Biology Norwich University, Military College of Vermont Northfield, Vermont

1990-1994 Doctor of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland

1994-1995 Intern- Family Medicine Dewitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Virginia

1995-1997 Resident-Family Medicine Dewitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Virginia

2000-2001 Fellow Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland
Primary Care Sports Medicine

2004-2005 Command and General Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Staff Officer’s Course (In-Residence)


Dr. Leggit is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS), Bethesda MD. He retired from 25 years of military service in the Army Medical Corps as a Colonel. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a certificate of added qualification in Primary Care Sports Medicine as well as a medical acupuncturist. He serves a variety of roles in the Family Medicine Department and the University. He is the Vice Chair for the department and the Director of Healthcare Operations for the University Family Health Center. He is the clinical module director for the Musculoskeletal Curriculum for the School of Medicine. In addition he is one of the key faculty for the National Capital Consortium’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Prior to arriving at the USUHS, Dr. Leggit was the Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at Fort Detrick, MD. There he was responsible for all aspects of planning, execution, and management of the CDMRP mission, which included research in 17 programs including Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Ovarian cancer, Neurofibromatosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Autism and other peer-reviewed research programs with an annual budget of $500 million. Prior to the CDMRP, he served as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Commander of Barquist Army Health Clinic at Fort Detrick, MD. In 2003, Dr. Leggit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Battalion Surgeon with 1-67 Armor, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division earning a Bronze Star.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Nye NS, Kasper K, Madsen CM, Szczepanik M, Covey CJ, Oh R, Kane S, Beutler AI, Leggit JC, Deuster PA, O'Connor FG. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Exertional Rhabdomyolysis: A Military Medicine Perspective. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2021 Mar 1;20(3):169-178.

Yu J, Li AD, Leggit JC. Creating an Assessment Tool for Clinical Musculoskeletal Knowledge. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2021 Feb 1;20(2):124-128.

Velasco TO, Leggit JC. Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: A Clinical Update. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Sep;19(9):347-352.

Yurgil J, Hulsopple C, Leggit JC. Nerve Blocks: Part 1 Upper Extremity. American Family Physician 020 Jun 1;101(11):654-664.. (cover article) Yurgil J, Hulsopple C, Leggit JC. Nerve Blocks: Part 2 Lower Extremity. American Family Physician. 2020 Jun 1;101(11):669-679. (cover article)

Wise SR, Leggit JC. Pre-participation Examination Monograph Update Review. American Family Physician 2020 Jun 1;101(11):692-694.

Schroeder PB, Hutto WM, Leggit JC, Paker CH. Ultrasound Use and Outpatient Management for Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis: A Case Report. Current Sports Medicine Reports Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Jun;19(6):199-201.

Eker J, Kasper K, Leggit JC. Case Report and Management of Discovery of Lower Extremity Venous Thrombosis on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Current Sports Medicine Reports 2020;19(5):178-179. doi:10.1249/JSR.0000000000000712

Do KH, Leggit JC. Inter-arm Blood Pressure Difference in a Typical University Family Medicine Clinic. Clinic. J Fam Med Dis Prev 2019;5:101.

Leggit JC (lead), Ho G, Jonas C, O’Connor FG. Sports Medicine Update.FP Essentials. FP Essent. 2019 Jul;482:23-26.

Leggit JC (lead), Beutler A, Hulsopple C. Jonas C. Musculoskeletal Therapies: Musculoskeletal Thearpies. FP Essentials. 2018 Jul;470.


Dickson C, Leggit JC. Pain Management: Novel and Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain. In. Miller M, et al eds. Essential Orthopaedics 2nd Ed Saunders Elsevier 2020 pgs 102-104

Leggit JC. Fracture, Hand and Finger. In Ebell MH, Ferenchick G, Smith M, Barry H, Slawson D, Shaughnessy A, Forsch R, Li S, Wilkes M, Usatine R, eds. Essential Evidence. John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2012, update 2015, update 2019, update 2021

Leggit JC, Brundage C. Adaptive Sports Event Planning. In De Luigi AJ (ed) Adaptive Sports Medicine: A Clinical Guide Springer 2018 pgs 359-369

Bunt C, Leggit JC (). The Use of Mindfulness and Acupuncture in the American Military In S. Bowles & P. Bartone (Eds.), Military Psychology: Clinical and Organizational Practice. New York, NY: Springer. 2017

Leggit JC, Alisengco J, Carey P. Disorders of the Lower Extremity. In Paulman PM, Paulman AA, Nasir L (eds) Family Medicine: Principles And Practice, 7th ed, Springer, Switzerland, 2017 pgs 1489-1513 update 2020 in-press with co-author Mark R, Hulssople C

Berkley H, Chang, T, Lee A, Leggit JC, Stephens MB. Student-Run Medical Clinics: A Mutually Beneficial Model for Medical Students and the Chronically Displaced Populations. In Acupuncture: Methods, Health Benefits and Effectiveness Nova Publishers. New York, 2016 pgs 63-80

Leggit JC. Phalanx Injury. In Bracker MD, ed. 5 Minute Sports Medicine Consult Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2011, update 2018 in-press with co-author Adam J

Leggit JC, Jarvis CG. Proper Indications and Uses of Orthopedic Braces. In Seidenberg PH, Beutler AI (eds) The Sports Medicine Resource Manual Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2008 pgs 483-494

O’Connor FG, Leggit JC, Nirschl RP. Elbow Injections. In Clinics Atlas of Office Procedures 2002;5(4):475-492