Dr. Eastridge is Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Trauma Medical Director at University Hospital in San Antonio Texas. Dr. Eastridge also currently serves as a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves. He has spent more than 28 years both in active and reserve service with six operational deployments to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. COL Eastridge was one of the principal architects in the development of the military trauma system and served as the Chief of Trauma at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Director of the Joint Trauma System and Trauma Consultant to the Army Surgeon General during his tenure on active duty.

Dr. Eastridge received his BS in biochemistry in 1985 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia; earned his MD in 1989 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland; and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital. He completed his fellowship training in surgical critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX in 1997.

Dr. Eastridge’s research interests and grant support are focused upon trauma system development, including development of the regional trauma system performance improvement initiatives, predictive modelling of injury outcomes, improved pre-hospital resuscitation strategies for casualties and pre-hospital mortality surveillance and mitigation.


"The clinical research supported by the National Trauma Institute will ultimately save thousands of military and civilian casualties by producing the "evidence" necessary for the provision of evidence-based medicine."

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, FACS,
Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Chairman, National Trauma Institute