Patricia A. Deuster


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Executive Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Total Force Fitness, Human Performance, Dietary Supplements, Exertion-Related Events
Community Engagement, Integrative Health
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College of William and Mary A.B. 01/1971 Mathematics
College of William and Mary M.A. 05/1978 Physical Ed/Education
University of Maryland Ph.D. 051982 Nutr Sci & Biochem
USUHS School of Medicine Post-Doc 07/1982 Physiology
USUHS School of Medicine M.P.H. 12/1995 Epidemiology


Patricia A. Deuster, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland and Executive Director for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), the Defense Center of Excellence for Human Performance Optimization Translation. She obtained an AB in Mathematics and Computer Science and MA in Education and Physical Education from the College of William and Mary, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Physiology from the University of Maryland, and a MPH with an emphasis in public health and epidemiology from USU.

Dr. Deuster chairs the Department of Defense (DoD) Dietary Supplement Subcommittee, is a member of the DoD Food and Nutrition Subcommittee, serves on the VA/DoD Health Executive Committee Women's Health Work Group, and the DoD Nutrition Committee. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has over 300 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters and books relating to human performance with a focus on health, total force fitness, nutrition, dietary supplements, physical performance, and exertion-related events. In addition she has developed multiple educational materials related to human performance and total force fitness: Visit the CHAMP Human Performance Resource Center ( and Operation Supplement Safety ( websites. Dr. Deuster is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and received the Special Operations Medical Researcher Award from the Special Operations Medical Association in 2014.

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

2012 - Present. Executive Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, USUHS, Bethesda, MD

2000 - Present Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, USU, Bethesda, MD

1989 - 2000 Associate Professor of Military and Emer Medicine & Neuroscience, USU, Bethesda, MD

Representative Bibliography

Chamberlin RA, Lunasco T, Deuster PA. Optimizing Special Operations Forces Operator Talents and Mission Capabilities: Human Performance Optimization and Total Force Fitness Capability-Based Blueprint and Targeting System. J Spec Oper Med 2020; 20(1): 113-9.

Rittenhouse M, Scott J, Deuster P: Dietary Supplements: Knowledge and Adverse Event Reporting Practices of Department of Defense Health Care Providers. Mil. Med. 2020; 185(11-12): 2076-2081.

O'Connor FG, Franzos MA, Nye NS, Nelson DA, Shell D, Voss JD, Anderson SA, Coleman NJ, Thompson AA, Harmon KG, Deuster PA. Summit on Exercise Collapse Associated with Sickle Cell Trait: Finding the "Way Ahead". Curr Sports Med Rep. 2021;20(1):47-56.

Crawford C, Boyd C, Avula B, Wang YH, Khan IA, Deuster PA. A Public Health Issue: Dietary Supplements Promoted for Brain Health and Cognitive Performance. J Altern Complement Med 2020; 26(4): 265-72.

Yu T, Dohl J, Wang L, Chen Y, Gasier HG, Deuster PA. Curcumin Ameliorates Heat-Induced Injury through NADPH Oxidase-Dependent Redox Signaling and Mitochondrial Preservation in C2C12 Myoblasts and Mouse Skeletal Muscle. J Nutr 2020; 150(9): 2257-67.

Rittenhouse M, Scott J, Deuster P. Healthy Eating Index and Nutrition Biomarkers among Army Soldiers and Civilian Control Group Indicate an Intervention Is Necessary to Raise Omega-3 Index and Vitamin D and Improve Diet Quality. Nutrients. 2020;13(1).

Kao TC, Kazman JB, Cheng YH, Jeffery DD, Deuster PA: Healthy lifestyles among military active duty service members, and associations with body-building and weight-loss supplement use. Ann. Epidemiol. 2021; 53: 27-33.

Troncoso MR, Jayne JM, Robinson DJ, Deuster PA: Targeting Nutritional Fitness by Creating a Culture of Health in the Military. Mil. Med. 2021; 186(3-4): 83-86.

Nelson DA, Deuster PA, Kurina LM. Sickle Cell Trait and Rhabdomyolysis among U.S. Army Soldiers. N. Engl. J. Med. 2016;375(17):1696.

Alexander DW, Deuster PA. Aligning and Assessing Core Attributes of Spiritual Fitness for Optimizing Human Performance. J Spec Oper Med. 2021;21(1):109-112.