Craig Goolsby


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical education, military-civilian knowledge transfer, simulation, combat casualty care
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Office Phone


- M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, MD
- Emergency Medicine Residency, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Transitional Internship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
- M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
- B.S., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO


Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, FACEP is a Professor and the Vice Chair of the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, and the Science Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Goolsby is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, received his medical degree as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from the Tulane University School of Medicine, completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Master of Education in the Health Professions degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Dr. Goolsby is a combat veteran. He served two tours as an Air Force emergency physician in Iraq, prior to joining the faculty at USU. Dr. Goolsby is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, liaison member to the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and a national leader in military-to-civilian knowledge transfer efforts; particularly for the Stop the Bleed Campaign. He has received numerous teaching awards for his work directing TCCC education for USU’s military medical students and overseeing interdisciplinary education using mixed modality simulation in a variety of forums. He has multiple active research grants and his portfolio focuses on medical education and military-to-civilian knowledge transfer.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2018 Impact Award

2017 Impact Award

2016 Dean's Annual Faculty Teaching Award

2015 Defense Meritorious Service Medal

2014 Innovation in Education Award

Representative Bibliography

Goolsby, C., Rouse, E., Rojas, L., Goralnick, E., Levy, M., Kirsch, T., Eastman, A., Kellermann, A., Strauss-Riggs, K., Hurst, N. Post-Mortem Evaluation of Potentially Survivable Hemorrhagic Death in a Civilian Population. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Nov 2018; 227 (5); 502-506.

Muck, A., Givens, M., Bebarta, V., Mason, P., Goolsby, C. Emergency Physicians at War. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. May 2018; 19(3); 542-547.

Goolsby, C. Strauss-Riggs, K., Klimczak, V., Gulley, K., Rojas, L., Godar, C. Raiciulescu, S., Kellermann, A., Kirsch, T. Brief, Web-Based Education Improves Lay Rescuer Application of a Tourniquet to Control Life-Threatening Bleeding. Academic Emergency Medicine Education & Training. Mar 22 2018;2(2):154-161. doi: 10.1002/aet2.10093.

Goolsby, C., Jacobs, L., Hunt, R., Goralnick, E., Singletary, E., Levy, M. Goodloe, J., Epstein, J., Strauss-Riggs, K., Seitz, S., Krohmer, J., Nemeth, I., Rowe, D., Bradley, R., Gestring, M., Kirsch, T., Stop the Bleed Education Consortium: Education Program Content & Delivery Recommendations. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. January 2018;8 4(1): 205-210. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001732

Givens, M., Muck, A., Goolsby, C. Translating Wartime Innovations to Civilian Emergency Medicine. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. November 2017; 35 (11):1746-1749. Epub ahead of print August, 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.08.24

Goolsby, C. Branting, A., Ausman, J., Williams, D., Ausman, C., David, J., Allard, R. Systematic Review of Live-Tissue v. Simulation Education for Pre-Hospital Trauma Providers. Military Medicine. September/October 2017, vol 182, 9/10:e1824, doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00026

Levy, M., Goolsby, C., Eastman, A. Improvised vs. Commercial Tourniquets. JAMA. 2017 August 8;318(6):575. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8589

Goolsby, C., Chen, E., Branting, A., Weissbrod, E., David, J., Moore, K., Olsen, C. Analysis of Layperson Tourniquet Application Using a Novel Color-Coded Device. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Vol. 10(2) April 2016. P. 274-280 (Epub February 1, 2016).

Goolsby, C., Chen, E., Schwartz, J. Patient-Perspective Video Feedback for Trauma Training. Medical Education. Vol. 49: November 2015. P. 1165-1166.

Goolsby, C., Branting A., Chen, E., Mack, E., Olsen, C. Just-in-Time to Save Lives: A Study of Layperson Tourniquet Application. Academic Emergency Medicine. September 2015;22(9): P.1113-7 (Epub August 20, 2015).