Kasi M Chu


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Vice Chair, Medical Education
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Preventive Medicine & Pediatrics
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1998 Bachelor of Science, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
2003 Doctor of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio.
2006 Pediatric Residency, Wright-State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio.
2009 Young Adult Medicine, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, TX
2012 Air Command Staff College correspondence course
2012 Lean for Healthcare, University of Tennessee
2014 Master of Public Health, Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
2015 Preventive Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
2015 Air Advisor Academy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire –Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2015 Health Emergencies in Large Population (H.E.L.P), Center for Excellence – Disaster Management, Comite
International Genève, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
2016 Security Cooperation, Asian Pacific Center for Strategic Studies, Honolulu HI
2019 Medical Incident Investigation Course, San Antonio TX
2019 Air War College correspondence course
2021 American Medical Association Health Systems Science Scholar Program


Col Kasi "Angel" Chu, a triple-boarded Pediatrics, Adolescent, and Preventive Medicine physician, is assigned to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Col Chu works within its second largest department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics as Vice Chair of Medical Education. In this capacity, she liaises with USU’s School of Medicine and serves as a co-director for its Leadership in Health Systems courses. She also is a teaching faculty member for the DoD’s largest tri-service General Preventive Medicine residency.

Col Chu entered the Air Force on a ROTC scholarship in 1996 to study biological sciences at The University of Akron and was commissioned in 1998. She was awarded a United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship by which she completed requirements of an accelerated BS/MD program through the Northeast Ohio Medical University (nee Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine) in 2003. Col Chu also completed a combined civilian-military residency in Pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine-Wright-Patterson AFB in 2006; a fellowship in Young Adult Medicine at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in 2009; and a second residency in Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2015. Prior to her current position, Col Chu was Chief of Medical Staff and Deputy Group Commander for the 15th Medical Group as well as Deputy Director of Clinical Services for the Hawaii Military Health System where she oversaw integration of quality and safety programs across nine military treatment facilities as part of the larger DoD Defense Health Agency transition.

During her career, Col Chu served as the first Young Adult Medicine Physician at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Medical Clinic where her work was recognized as both a “Best Practice” by the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program and as going “Above and Beyond” by the 10th Wing Commander. While at USU as a public health student, Dr. Chu received top honors for her research on mental health among active duty Asian Americans and was inducted into the Psi Chapter, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. Her Headquarters Pacific Air Forces accomplishments include revision of the AOR’s Global Health Engagement measures of effectiveness (MOEs) and an Operation Deep Freeze presentation briefed in Beijing. Dr. Chu’s 2017 The Joint Commission-lauded clinical acumen was recognized by the 15th Medical Group as its first ever “Provider of the Quarter” award recipient and as its 2017 Air Force Medical Service Field Grade Office of the Year (Clinical). In September 2018, Dr. Chu served as a track lead for the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange held in Xi’an, China, where she facilitated the Command Surgeon's break-out session. As the 15th Medical Group’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Medical Staff, Col Chu championed patient safety, Team STEPPS/Trusted Care, and provider resiliency.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2006 Phorbol ester-stimulation induces different angiogenic gene expression profiles in papillary, follicular, and anaplastic thyroid cancer cell lines suggesting their growth might depend on different pathways. Norfolk, Virginia

2018 Scientific Committee Member: Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange Facilitator, Facilitator, HAF/SG Break-Out Session Beijing, China

2018-2021 Chief Medical Officer, 15th Medical Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

2019 American College of Healthcare Executives- Hawaii Chapter, Chief Medical Officer Panel: Medical Provider Moral Injury Keynote Speaker: VADM (ret) Raquel Bono Honolulu, Hawaii

2018-2021 Chief of Medical Staff, 15th Medical Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

2020-2021 Deputy Commander, 15th Medical Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

2020-2021 Deputy Director Clinical Services, Hawaii Military Health System, Oahu, Hawaii

2021 Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Command Surgeon, Preventive Medicine Consultant


Chu KM, Emasealu O, Hu Z. Risk of mental health disorders following an initial diagnosis of postpartum depression, active component, 1998-2010. MSMR. 2015.

Croswell J, Chu K. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Apr 15;91(8):563-4.

Mabry-Hernandez I, Chu K. Screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Feb 15; 91(4):257-8.

Fan T, Wolff T, Chu K. Peripheral artery disease screening and cardiovascular disease risk

Chu KM, Johnson LA. Notes from the field: investigation of contacts of a health care worker who worked while ill with pertussis – Maryland, August-September 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015Jan 23; 64(2):45.

Chambers JA, Chu KM, Payne CB, Platt CR. Building and balancing in Burma: China, US military engagement, and capacity development. Small Wars Journal. July 18, 2016.

Witkop CT, Webber BJ, Chu KM, Clark LL. Contraceptive prescriptions for US servicewomen, 2008-2013. Contraception. 2017 Jul; 96(1)47-53.

Chu KM, Garcia SMS, Koka H, Wynn GH, Kao TC. Mental health care utilization and stigma in the military: comparison of Asian Americans to other racial groups. Ethn Health. 2018 Jul 19:1-16.

ProMED. Pertussis-USA (03): (MD) Health care worker presenteeism, 2014, available athttp://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20150123.3111598 mail.