Colonel Bailey serves as the Director for Surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the tertiary academic medical center of the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market of the Military Health System. Colonel Bailey is a Professor in the Uniformed Services University Walter Reed Department of Surgery. He is responsible for the operation and surgical direction of all aspects of subspecialty and perioperative surgical care, education, research, and readiness for the Surgical Directorate.

Colonel Bailey enlisted in the USAF in 1976 and was commissioned in 1982 after completing the Air Force Physician Assistant Program and graduating from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Doctor of Medicine Summa Cum Laude. He completed a residency in Surgery followed by fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care surgery. He is board certified in General Surgery with a special certificate in Surgical Critical Care.

He has served as the Director of the Joint Trauma System Defense Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas and the USAF Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills in Saint Louis, Missouri. Colonel Bailey has twice deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as Chief of Trauma at the Air Force Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base Iraq. He has also twice served as the US Central Command Joint Theater Trauma System Director.

Colonel Bailey serves as the Chief of the Military Region of the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma and as a Director at Large of the National Trauma Institute. He is a past-Specialty Governor of the American College of Surgeons and a past-President of the St. Louis Surgical Society. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, and NATO Medal.


"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