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COL Raul Marin MD was born and raised in Puerto Rico and after graduation from high school, he obtained his BA from Gettysburg College (PA) in 1983 and then his MD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1987. He did his transitional internship in Brooke Army Medical Center (AMC) and his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Walter Reed AMC (1993). In 1999 he completed his Medical Res...earch Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. His assignments have included: Aviation Medicine Battalion Surgeon (1988-1989), PM&R staff (Landstuhl, Germany 1993-1998), PM&R teaching staff (Walter Reed 1998-present), Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences Associate Professor of Neurology 2004-present & Assistant Professor of Medicine 1999-present), and Assistant Chief of the Department of Clinical Investigations (Walter Reed 2001-2003). In 2003 he deployed for one year with the 101st Airborne Division to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return he assumed the responsibilities of teaching staff in the PM&R residency and as Chair of the Walter Reed Institutional Review Board. He was also appointed Medical Director of the Walter Reed Gait Laboratory. After his retirement from active duty service, he became a civil servant as the PM&R physician at the Center for the Intrepid, the Military’s premier rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas. Military awards include, among others, the Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Air Medal, and the Combat Medical Badge.

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Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D. earned B.S. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. degree in electrical & computer engineering with a concentration in bioengineering from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989. He is FISA & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Chair and Distinguished Professor of t...

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Our very own COL Fredricks is featured in this awesome article about raising awareness of Veterans care!…/the-veterans-project-docume…/

Todd Fredricks, DO, and Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication are creating The Veterans' Project, a film that explains veterans' health issues.

Our Annual Meeting is set for San Antonio this April 6-9. It's a great opportunity to connect with old friends and peers and meet new ones. Lots of great things to do in Texas. Plan a trip and join us!!!…/20-amazing-things-to-see-i…/ss-AAmk12S…

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played this year in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Feb. 5. Here are some of the amazing things to see and do in the state of Texas before Super Bowl Sunday.

Read about the amazing work out Public Health Officers do!…/assistant-surgeon-general-t…/

Assistant Surgeon General TeCora Ballom, DO, shares details about this role, a position in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

AMOPS Members and Friends,
The Elephant in the Room of Managers
Recently, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) expanded the roles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to full independent rights. This was in effect for Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). This change did not apply to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). These rules became effective on 13 Jan 2017. This was done under the V...

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AMOPS Members and Friends,
Welcome to 2017! I hope everyone had a great set of holidays and is rearing to go for the new year! I am excited to announce that the 2017 AMOPS Conference Registration is now open! This year’s theme is Military Medicine: Train-Up to Injury Prevention, Injury, and Return to Duty! We have a lot of great lecturers set up walking us through the care that is given at the point of injury, all the way through to the Center for the Intrepid and post mi...litary care! There will be a total of 33 CME hours, which breaks down to only $21/CME hour for an active member! In addition, we have some great student programming planned as well for an extremely low cost of $125/members!
It is really easy to register, just go to and sign up! The conference is being held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio, for a low price of $149/night! And it’s right in downtown San Antonio next to the Riverwalk and only a short walk to the Alamo! I can keep raving on about this great conference we are hosting, but it’s just better that you come and see for yourself!
Remember, it’s also a new year and it’s time to our annual Membership Drive! Remember, your dues help us keep offering quality programming like what we have at this conference and provides AMOPS the ability to assist and advocate for you! Just check out to get yourself squared away!
I look forward to seeing all of you at in San Antonio!

Matthew Puderbaugh, DO
Capt, USAF, MC, FS
AMOPS President 2016-2017

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STEP 2: RESERVE YOUR ROOM AT A DISCOUNT Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio, 205 East Houston Street $149.00 Per Night Click Here to Reserve Your Room
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