Col. John T. Groves Named Director of Disaster Nursing

DisasterFellowship News

It is with great pleasure we announce the appointment of Colonel John T. Groves (ret) to the faculty of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. After receiving his Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Col. Groves Colonel Groves graduated the US Army’s Command and General Staff College and was selected to attend the Army War College Command. He has held multiple positions of leadership throughout his career, recently retiring as the Chief Nursing Officer at Madigan Army Medical Center in Seattle Washington.  His previous assignments include Deputy Commander for Nursing, US Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC), Fort Drum, and Assistant Deputy Commander of Nursing, Fort Riley, and Operations Officer, Fort Carson.

Colonel Groves deployed with the 10th Combat Support Hospital in 2006 during one of the worst years of our war on terrorism; his young team was highlighted in several national publications and a documentary produced by CNN.  One of his significant contributions to the AMEDD’s effort to improve survival rates on the battlefield came as the author of the first-ever resuscitation record for pre-hospital treatment, which was implemented for use in both theaters of operation.

Colonel Groves’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.  He is a member of the Military Order of Medical Merit and has earned the Army Parachutist Badge

Colonel Groves will assume the position of Director of Disaster Nursing in the fellowship, as well as faculty for the Crisis Leadership and Disaster Medicine programs

Dr. Ciottone said: “It is rare to come across such an accomplished and tested crisis leader as Col. Groves. He led a team of young doctors, nurses and staff, through one of the toughest years of war, treating over 7,000 horribly wounded soldiers with a 96% survival rate. His proven method of “Egoless Medicine” should be a lesson for all who work in healthcare. We are thrilled to be able to bring his field expertise, battle-tested leadership, and remarkable humility onto our faculty so that he can mentor our fellows as they begin their careers in Disaster Medicine. Thank you, John, for your service, your life-saving skill, and your willingness to teach, we are lucky to have you.”