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2022 Speaker Profile

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David M. Benedek, M.D, COL (Ret) USA

David Benedek is Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, and Chair of the Uniformed Services University's Department of Psychiatry. He is also an Associate Director of the University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Benedek received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1986 and his M.D. from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in 1991. He completed a residency in Adult General Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1995 and returned there for fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry in 1998 after an operational tour in Germany and a year-long deployment to the former Yugoslavia as the 1st Armor Division Psychiatrist.


Dr. Benedek is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Past President of the Society of Uniformed Service Psychiatrists--the Military District Branch of that organization. In 2004 he was appointed Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General for Forensic Psychiatry and he served in that capacity for three years, while directing the National Capital Consortium’s Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. While on active duty, he deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Kuwait in conjunction with military operations in those countries.


Dr. Benedek has authored or co-authored over 175 scientific publications as well as three books and has presented on numerous aspects of military, disaster, and forensic psychiatry at regional, national, and international professional conferences.

Tuesday | 11:55 AM -12:35 PM

Resiliency in Mass Casualty Events: Application of Military Combat and Operational Stress Control

The COVID pandemic repeatedly placed healthcare systems into slow-rolling mass casualty events. Prolonged demand surges generate distress reactions, health risk behaviors, and mental illness in healthcare workers. Military combat and operational stress control can inform organizations as they develop their response to the psychological burdens of mass casualty events.