LT. COL. Vikhyat Bebarta, MD

8 December 2014 – The Geneva Foundation (Geneva) is honored to announce the 2014 Researcher of the Year Award recipient and finalists. This group of outstanding military researchers was selected by Geneva’s Scientific Advisory Board. Geneva’s Researcher of the Year award is presented to a researcher who exemplifies Geneva’s mission of advancing innovative medical research within the U.S. military, for the benefit of U.S. service members and veterans, their families, and the global community.

“Geneva’s Researcher of The Year Award was established by its Scientific Advisory Board in 2014 as a way to recognize and honor researchers within the U.S. military who have truly shaped military medicine in the delivery of better treatment options, therapies, and healthcare practices for our service members and the public at large”, said Dr. David Shoultz, Chair of Geneva’s Scientific Advisory Board. “Geneva’s Scientific Advisory Board was honored to receive and evaluate nominees from Geneva’s management team in the areas of research quality, dissemination, mentorship, innovation, collaboration, and impact.”

Lt. Col. Vikhyat Bebarta, MD, Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) was selected as the 2014 Researcher of the Year.

Dr. Vik Bebarta is a board-certified emergency physician and a fellowship-trained and board-certified medical toxicologist. He is the Director of the Air Force Enroute Care Research Center at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Chief of Medical Toxicology and an academic staff emergency physician at SAMMC. He also serves as the Director of the Clinical Resuscitation, Emergency Sciences, and Toxicology (CREST) Research Program. Dr. Vik Bebarta is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Geneva has partnered with Dr. Bebarta for more than six years on research projects in the areas of emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and toxicology. “Dr. Bebarta has made valuable contributions to shaping the future of emergency medicine. His dedication to conducting research, while also serving in diverse leadership roles and continuing to practice clinical medicine, is indicative of his incredible passion for and commitment to research. The Geneva Foundation is proud to present our inaugural Researcher of The Year award to Dr. Bebarta, and we are honored to support his work,” said Elise Huszar, President of The Geneva Foundation.

The Geneva Foundation’s 2014 Researcher of the Year Finalists are:

  • LTC Luis M. Alvarez, Ph.D., Acting Director, Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, United States Military Academy, National Cancer Institute
  • Andriy I. Batchinsky, MD, Research Scientist, Combat Critical Care Engineering Task Area, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
  • David J. FitzGerald, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute
  • COL Stephen Harrison, MD, Director of Graduate Medical Education & Gastroenterology Consultant to Army Surgeon General, San Antonio Military Medical Center
  • Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Women’s Malignancies Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

Geneva’s 2014 Researcher of the Year award includes a grant of $10,000. Funds are managed by Geneva, consistent with DOD regulations and Geneva practices.

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