Our Staff

Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., FAAFP
Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.
Director, Military Health Institute
Associate Vice President
Holder, USAA Patty and Joe Robles, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Military Health





Jeremy T. Nelson, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Chair Holder, Maj. Gen. (USA Ret.) Joe and Patty Robles Endowment in Military Health Research

Dr. Nelson has an extensive background in human performance and brain injury. He served as a research scientist in the US Air Force, a consultant to the Department of Defense & State Department, and, most recently, was the Science Advisor to the Department of Defense’s Hearing Center of Excellence in the Defense Health Agency.


Donald H. Jenkins, M.D., FACS
Col, USAF, Ret.
Associate Deputy Director
Holder, Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery





Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP
Lt Col, USAF, Ret.
Associate Deputy Director
Holder, Aaron and Bobbie Elliott Krus Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

Dr. Peterson is a board-certified clinical health psychologist, Professor, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine. In addition to his role at the Military Health Institute, he serves as the Deputy Department of Psychiatry Chair for Military Collaborations, the Director of the STRONG STAR Consortium, and the Director of the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. Some of his publications can be found here.

Marian R. Bownds, M.B.A.
Senior Project Coordinator





Gwen J. Notestine
Executive Director for Development






Jose M. Lara-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow