Kelsey A. Cacic


Major, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Neurotrauma, Operational medicine, Simulation-based learning
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Bachelor of Arts: Biology, Carleton College 2006-2010
Doctor of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School 2012 - 2016
Internship and Residency, Neurology, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium 2016-2020
Neurocritical Care Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, OH 2020-2022


Major Kelsey A. Cacic, M.D. is an active duty Air Force Neurologist and Neurointensivist. She graduated from Carleton College in 2010 before taking an internship with the National Institutes of Health - Institute on Drug Abuse where she analyzed the fMRI effects of illicit substances on reward processing, stress, and neural networks. She then entered Eastern Viriginia Medical School with the intent of going into neurology and subsequent completed an internship and residency in neurology at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium 2016-2020. During that time, she developed an interest in critical care neurology and neurotrauma, leading to a fellowship in neurocritical care at the University of Cincinnati 2020-2022. In addition to her clinical duties, she has an interest in quality improvement with involvement in resident teaching and clinical practice guidelines, as well as leadership. She is a graduate of the AAN Enhanced Resident Leadership Program 2020 and is on several hospital and national committees.

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

Neurological Emergencies Bootcamp, Course Creator and Director, San Antonio Military Medical Center (2019 - Current)

Neurocritical Care Society, Ethics Committee (2022 - Current)

American Academy of Neurology Guidelines Subcommittee, member (2021-Current)

Clinical Emergency Response Committee (2019-2020, 2022-Current)

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2020)

American Academy of Neurology, Enhanced Resident Leadership Program (2020)

United States Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service (2020)

Induction into the Gold Humanism Honors Society (2015)

Distinguished Graduate, Commissioned Officer Training (2013)

Representative Bibliography

Tchopev, Z., Nelson, A., Hunninghake, J., Cacic, K., Cook, M., Jordan, M. (2022). High Fidelity Simulation of Acute Neurology Enhances Rising Resident Confidence: Results from a Multicohort Study. Neurology: Education 1.2 (2022).

DeSoucy, E., Cacic, K., Staak, B., Peterson, C., Van Wyck, D., Rajajee, V., Dorsch, J., Rush, S. (2021). 23.4% Hypertonic Saline: A Tactical Option for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury with Impending or Ongoing Herniation. Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 21.2(2021): 25-28. PMID: 34105117

Cacic, K., & Bonomo, J. (2020). NeuroEthics and End of Life Care. Neurological Emergencies, An Issue of Emergency Medicine Clinical of North American, 39:1, 217-225. PMID: 33218659

Cacic, K., Stephens, B., Cloran, F., & Frattalone, A. (2019). Clinical Reasoning: A 65-year-old woman with subacute hemiballism. Neurology, 92(7), 345-349. PMID: 30745446

Lee, M. R., Cacic, K., Demers, C. H., Haroon, M., Heishman, S., Hommer, D. W., ... & Salmeron, B. J. (2014). Gender differences in neural–behavioral response to self-observation during a novel fMRI social stress task. Neuropsychologia, 53, 257-263. PMID: 24316200

Riggins, T., Cacic, K., Buckingham-Howes, S., Scaletti, L. A., Salmeron, B. J., & Black, M. M. (2012). Memory ability and hippocampal volume in adolescents with prenatal drug exposure. Neurotoxicology and teratology, 34(4), 434-441. PMID: 22652523