Arlene J Hudson

M.D., M.A.

Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Operational and Battlefield Anesthesiology
Anesthesia Device Development
Office Phone


Boston University, BA 1987-1991
Boston University, MA 1991-1993
USUHS, MD 1998-2002
NCC Internship OB/GYN 2002-2003
NCC Resident in Anesthesiology 2003-2006
NCC Chief Resident, Anesthesiology 2005-2006
Washington Hospital Center, Cardiac Anesthesia/Transesophageal Echocardiography 2006


CAPT Hudson is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the Uniformed Services University. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees at Boston University while attending on a full athletic scholarship. After completing her master’s degree in 1993, she worked at the Department of Public Health in Augusta, Maine where she authored several reports and publications including a sentinel report in JAMA on the emerging public health threat of cryptosporidiosis. In 1994, she received a direct commission with the Navy and entered active duty as a Naval Environmental Health Officer. After a brief assignment to the Philadelphia Shipyard as Department Head of Preventive Medicine, she transferred to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs to work in the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses as an epidemiologist. After separating from the Navy, CDR Hudson worked as a consultant for the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. While at RAND, she authored multiple publications for the Science and Technology Policy Institute and the National Defense Research Institute.

In 1999, CDR Hudson reentered the navy as a USU medical student. At USU, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society and won numerous academic awards. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology in 2006 at the National Capital Consortium. In her final year of residency, she was selected to be Chief Resident. She completed subspecialty training in cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. and earned board certification in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography in 2007.

In her first year following residency, she deployed in support of the Global War on Terror to Djibouti, Africa 2007-2008. Following this deployment, she returned to NNMC Bethesda/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s, where in addition to her clinical work and teaching, she chaired the MEDCEN’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for six years, served on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and was core faculty for the NCC residency in Anesthesiology.

In 2012, CDR Hudson was posted to USU Department of Anesthesiology, where she served as a principal investigator and associate investigator for multiple clinical research projects, presented research at several national conferences and authored multiple publications. She also led the Department’s Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia (MOCA) program, which provides required training for military anesthesiologists around the globe. In 2017, she was awarded an USUHS Impact Award for her work advancing simulation education. In addition to her support of medical student education at USU and graduate medical education at WRNMMC, she has served on USU’s Medical School Admissions Committee and has been active in recruiting prospective students and reaching out to college prehealth advisers to assure that USU consistently attracts America’s best and brightest into military medicine.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, USUHS, Bethesda, MD 2019-Present

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist WRNNMC 2006-Present

Medical Director, MOCA Simulation Program, USUHS, Bethesda, MD 2015-2018

Ambulatory Surgical Center Clinical Support, Naval Health Clinic, Cherry Point, NC 2017-2018

Chief Anesthesia and Ancillary Services, EMF, Djibouti Africa 2007-2008

Chair, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD 2007-2012

Director, Anesthesiology Clinical Research WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD 2006-2012

Chief Resident, NCC Anesthesiology Residency, Bethesda, MD 2005-2006

Researcher/Analyst, RAND Corporation, Washington, DC 1997-1998

Epidemiologist, Gulf War Illnesses, Office of Secretary of Defense, DC 1995-1997


1. Hudson A, Benjamin J, Jardeleza T, Bergstrom C, Cronin W, Mendoza M, Schultheis L. “Safe Use of Over the Counter Peripheral Pulse Oximeters for Patients and Primary Care Physicians.” Annals of Family Medicine, 2018; 16(6): 552-554.

2. Hudson AJ, Walters R, Flynn J, Szpisjak D, Oslen C, Rogers M, Capaldi V, McDuffie B, Littieri C. “Ambulatory Surgery Has Minimal Impact on Sleep Parameters: A Prospective Observational Trial.” Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2018; 14(4): 593-602.

3. Yeh B, Hudson AJ, Reoma J, Popa C, Andersen J, Lichtenberger J. “Intracardiac Heterotopic Liver Presenting as a Right Atrial Myxoma: A Case Report.” Military Medicine, 2018; 183: 2175-178.

4. Hudson AJ, Whittaker D, Szpisjak D, Lenart M, et al. “Reply to Letter to Editor.” Journal of Vascular Surgery, 2015; 3:48-53.

5. Hudson AJ, Whittaker D, Szpisjak D, Lenart M, et al. “Tumescent Technique without Epinephrine for Endovenous Laser Therapy and Serum Lidocaine Concentration.” Journal of Vascular Surgery, 2015; 3:48-53.

6. Hudson AJ, Guthmiller K, Hyatt, M. “Myoclonus Following a Peripheral Nerve Block.” Case Reports Anesthesiology, 2013; 213472.

7. Capacchione JF, Bodily K, Hudson AJ. “Post-Extubation Laryngospasm in a Patient with Spasmodic Dysphonia,” Anesthesiology, 2005:102(4)859-860.

8. Millard PS, Gensheimer KF, Addiss DG, Sosin DM, Beckett GA, Houck-Jankoski A, Hudson AJ, “An Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis From Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider,” Journal of the American Medical Association, 1994: (272) 1592-1596.

9. Harley N, Foulkes E, Hilborne L, Hudson A, Anthony CR. “A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses: Volume 7: Depleted Uranium." Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1999. Also available in print form.

10. Geschwind S, Eiseman E, Spektor D, Hudson A. “The Impact of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Wildlife A Review of the Literature 1985-1998.” Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1999. Also available in print form.