Dallas C. Hack, MD, MPH, FACMPH, COL (Ret.), USA
Army Colonel (Ret.) Dallas Hack, MD graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1976. After a rotating internship in Anesthesiology and a fellowship in Cardiology and Biomathematics, he worked in General Practice and Biomedical Engineering for 9 years, serving as Vice President of Engineering for several biomedical companies. He entered active duty in September 1987, to accept a position in clinical research at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine in 1995. He also has a MPH from Johns Hopkins University, a MSS from the U.S. Army War College, a CPE from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Military Public Health.
After assignments at Fort Detrick and Fort Knox, he served as the Commander of the SHAPE Healthcare Facility from 1999 to 2001, where he implemented numerous initiatives designed to extend the medical services and improve customer service. The success of these initiatives was illustrated by the SHAPE Healthcare Facility being selected to receive the first Commanders Award for Clinical Excellence in Customer Service from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Dr, Hack served as the Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army Central Command-Kuwait from 2001 to 2002 (arriving in theater the day before 9/11) where he directed medical care for the U.S. military in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. He also served as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services for 3rd MEDCOM, assisting with planning medical support for Operation Enduring Freedom and providing clinical oversight over medical operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Dr. Hack served as the Chief, Preventive Medicine Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Preventive Medicine Consultant for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC) from 2002-2004. He was a co-coordinator of the WRAMC Smallpox Immunization Program and the NARMC coordinator for the Leishmaniasis Treatment Program. During the 1st 3 months of OIF, he was deployed as the Europe Regional Medical Command Preventive Medicine Consultant.
From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Hack served as the Command Surgeon for Multinational Force Iraq. Responsibilities included assistance to rebuilding the Iraqi military and civilian healthcare systems, oversight over Detainee Healthcare and broad oversight over all medical care provided to coalition forces in Iraq.
Dr. Hack was selected to serve as a slated Faculty Instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA from 2005 to 2008 where he was responsible for instructing future military leaders in strategic thinking, strategic leadership, joint force development (acquisition) processes and an elective in strategic medical services.
From 2008 to 2014, COL Hack served as the Director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program and the Chair, Joint Program Committee 6 (Combat Casualty Care), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Ft Detrick, MD, where he coordinated leading edge research focused on new techniques and products to save the lives and reduce morbidity of troops injured in the line of duty. Advances in Combat Casualty Care have reduced battlefield deaths from wounds to historic lows and are improving care at civilian trauma centers. A major responsibility included a portfolio of more than 600 projects directed at Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). As a key author of the 2013 National Research Action Plan, he developed a strategic action plan to solve the fundamental problems in TBI, initiating major efforts across the continuum of care. The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance was established under his leadership as the largest-ever study of concussion that will comprehensively evaluate the natural history of concussion. He also co-developed the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium which the largest-ever study of the long-term effects of TBI.
Dr. Hack received numerous military awards including the Bronze Star, two Legions of Merit, and seven Meritorious Service Medals and was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Military Order of Medical Merit. He was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Loma Linda University, in May 2015. He also has appointments as Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University.