Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Leadership

COL Salzer

Col Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., M.H.Sc., U.S. Air Force Medical Service
Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Col Wanda L. Salzer graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, followed by an M.D. from Tulane Medical School. She completed her Pediatric residency at Kessler Air Force Base and a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Her graduate education also included the Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; followed by a Masters of Health Science Degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology /Oncology. In addition to her clinical practice, Col Salzer has focused her research on pediatric lymphoblastic leukemia resulting in numerous publications. Prior to coming to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), Col Salzer has served as Chair of the Neurotrauma Steering Committee, and also is on multiple Joint Programmatic Review Panels providing oversight for funding new research in diverse diseases. As Director of the CDMRP, USAMRMC, Col Salzer is responsible for all aspects of planning, execution, and management of research grants for all CDMRP programs and leading innovative research efforts in many types of cancer, neurological conditions, military relevant injuries, and specific disease programs to benefit military service members, their beneficiaries, and the American public.

COL Carl Brinkley, Ph.D.

COL Carl Brinkley, Ph.D., U.S. Army Medical Service Corps
Deputy Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

COL Brinkley graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. His military schools include the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College Defense Strategy Course. With more than 28 years of active service, COL Brinkley has held a variety of leadership positions within medical operations, and as a research scientist, laboratory director, and military educator.

Following commissioning, COL Brinkley served as a platoon leader within the 2/72 Armor Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea and was then selected to attend Graduate School through an Army-funded civilian training program. He subsequently served in clinical laboratory leadership positions for Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis WA and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Following completion of doctoral studies, he served as a Program Manager for the enteric pathogen vaccine development initiative at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD. His next assignment as Branch Chief for the Medical Lab Technician (MOS 68K) training program at the Army Medical Department Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, TX included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Operations Officer for a Science & Technology Assistance Team. He next served as the Director of Microbiology for Brook Army Medical Center where he led the BRAC-directed consolidation of pathology lab support services for the San Antonio Military Medical Center. COL Brinkley was then selected to serve on the faculty of West Point U.S. Military Academy and as Deputy Department Head for the Department of Chemistry & Life Sciences prior to joining the CDMRP team.

COL Brinkley's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon (2nd award), Army Parachutist Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, induction into the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Surgeon General's "A" proficiency designator for Microbiology.

Last updated Monday, February 29, 2016