Kimberly Kumer


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director of Operational Curriculum
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Operational Psychiatry
Disaster Psychiatry
Office Phone


Northeast Ohio Medical University- graduated 1997
Northeast Ohio Medical University Psychiatry Residency Program- graduated 2001
Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Forensic Fellowship graduated- 2015




Col Kimberly D. Kumer is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) School of Medicine (SOM) located in Bethesda, MD. Col Kumer directs the psychiatry operational curriculum, to include providing subject matter expertise on USU’s annual capstone event, Operation Bushmaster. She also leads the SOM’s DoD Sexual Assault Response Training and has initiated a novel approach to psychiatry consultation services at USU’s family medicine clinic. While at USU, Dr. Kumer has steered her unique expertise across broad longitudinal educational platforms, including Interprofessional Practice and Education, Reflective Practice, Neuroscience, and Ethics, adding to a robust military medical education curriculum. She is a member of the Educational Committee; scientist for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; and instructor for the Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). Concurrent with her current duty responsibilities, Col Kumer has been hand-selected for critical manning-assist assignments to advise Commanders of both the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces and Air Force Global Strike Command and in doing ensuring their no-fail missions. Her exemplary leadership and dedication to both the school and the DoD is captured in her 2022 SOM Dean’s Impact Award received during her inaugural faculty year.

Colonel Kumer entered the Air Force as a direct accession in 2011 after a decade of civilian medical practice. She completed undergraduate and medical studies through a combined accelerated academic program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1997. She then completed her Psychiatry Residency at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. Upon commissioning, she served as the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Flight at the 99th Medical Group, Nellis Air Force Base. Dr. Kumer then went on to complete a highly selective Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard University in 2015. Her follow-on assignment was as the regional forensic psychiatrist for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Most recently, she completed a short tour as Chief of Medical Staff at Incirlik AB, Turkey, supporting warfighters operating in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command.

1993 Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Pre-Med, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1997 Doctor of Medicine, Northeast Ohio University of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio
2000 Chief Resident, Psychiatry Residency Program, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio
2001 Psychiatry Residency Program, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio
2011 Commissioned Officers' Training, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2015 Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
2017 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2022 Defense Institute for Medical Operations Certification, San Antonio, Texas
2022 Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement

1. April 2011– January 2012 Chief of Psychiatry, 99th Medical Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (January 2012-
August 2012, Duty Title, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait)
2. August 2012–June 2014, Mental Health Flight Commander, 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB, Nev.
3. July 2014– June 2015, GME Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, Mass.
4. July 2015- August 2018, Mental Health Flight Medical Director and Regional Forensic Psychiatrist for USAFE,
86th Medical Operations Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (April 2016- November 2016, Mental Health
Officer in Charge, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Guantanamo, Cuba)
5. August 2018- May 2020, Mental Health Flight Medical Director, 9th Medical Operations Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
6. May 2020- June 2021, Chief of Medical Staff and Deputy Group Commander, 39th Medical Group, Incirlik AB, Turkey

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air and Space Longevity Service Award with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Training Ribbon

Schouten R, Kumer K: Informed Consent: Mental Health Practice and the Law. Oxford University Press, 2017.

1. Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry 2022 Annual Meeting- brief oral presentation: Teaching Psychological First Aid and Disaster Preparedness with Simulated Live-Action Medical Training in Medical School: Lessons from the Front
2. Association of Directors for Medical Student Education in Psychiatry 2023 Annual Meeting- workshop proposal accepted for presentation: Mass Casualty Response Teaching for Medical Students Using Large Scale Simulation
3. Association of Simulated Patient Educators 2023 Annual Conference- Abstract acceptance and Poster presentation: High Anxiety: Intense Emotion Simulation and Safety for Participants

American Psychiatric Association, fellow
Ohio Psychiatric Association, member
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, member
Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, member
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, member
Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, member

Major January 27, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2012
Colonel June 1, 2019