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James C. West, MD

Assiociate Professor/Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University
Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

CAPT West originally hails from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1989. He served eight years as a submarine warfare officer in the Navy, serving as a division officer aboard USS NORFOLK (SSN 714) and as a Company Officer at the Naval Academy. Dr. West earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2001 and completed residency training in psychiatry at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia in 2005. His first assignment was to First Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2006 as Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) psychiatrist for Regimental Combat Team 5. In 2008 he reported to National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland as department chief of behavioral health and served as part of the leadership team integrating with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as Combat and Operational Stress Control Officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Fwd) in 2010. He subsequently served as Assistant Deputy Commander and acting Deputy Commander of Behavioral Health at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center until 2013.

Dr. West is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a Scientist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and currently serves as assembly representative for the Society of Uniformed Services Psychiatrists. His professional interests include research into medical simulation and assessment methods in psychiatry education, and translating understanding of biological underpinnings of PTSD and trauma-related disorders into more effective treatments.

Visit ResearchGate for a list of Dr. West’s publications.