2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Ling

Dr. Geoffrey LingPresentation topic: Technology for the War Wounded

Bio: Dr. Geoffrey Ling is presently a professor of neurology at both Johns Hopkins University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, an attending physician in Neuro Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is the acting Vice-Chair for Research in the Dept of Clinical Neurosciences at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He serves on the Facebook B8 advisory board, NIH-NCATS Advisory Council, World Economic Forum’s Brain Health Committee, NFL Health Foundation’s Board of Directors and NFLPA’s Mackey-White Health Committee. He is also a partner of SunQ, LLC a biotechnology consulting group, co-founder and COO of On Demand Pharmaceuticals, Inc, which is developing generic medication manufacturing technology with the goal of providing affordable medications to everyone everywhere and a co-founder of Host Response, an early stage start-up commercializing host biomarkers for identification of infectious disease states. He is a scientific advisor to the Caivis Fund.

He was the Founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also served as the Assistant Director for Medical Innovation in President Obama’s White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy (OSTP). His undergraduate BA cum laude is from Washington University in St. Louis, medical degree is from Georgetown University (elected to AOA) and his PhD in neuropharmacology is from Cornell University. He is board certified in both neurology and neuro critical care.

Dr. Ling is a retired U.S. Army colonel having served for 21 years on active duty.  As a critical care physician, he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and, to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. In addition, Dr. Ling has had four in-theater missions as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “Gray Team” to assess traumatic brain injury (TBI) care in the combat theater (2009, 2011). The 10th Combat Support Hospital named him their first “Physician of the Month.” Dr. Ling was also a “requested by name” consultant to Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s trauma team following her tragic attack.

Dr. Ling has published more than 200 peer-reviewed primary research journal articles, review articles, and book chapters, focused mainly in the fields of neurology, neuroscience, critical care medicine and military medicine. He also holds one patent.   His basic scientific works are on mechanisms underlying TBI and opioid pharmacology. Dr. Ling’s clinical works are on neuro critical care, stroke and military medicine. These include being contributing author or editor of Guidelines for the Field Management of Combat Related Head Trauma, the VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion and the chapter on traumatic brain and spinal cord injury in Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine. He is a member of the honor societies of Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi and Military Medical Order of Merit. He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association, American Association of Neurology and the Neurocritical Care Society.