Col. Matthew Hoefer , U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

Col. Matthew Hoefer has been in uniform since 1995, with 23 years of active military service. He entered the Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer, and was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC for six years, working in the areas of medical evacuation, combat health support, medical logistics, and special operations support and training. During that time, Dr. Hoefer deployed overseas twice, to Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Haiti, in support of NATO missions. Col. Hoefer accepted an Army Health Professions Scholarship in 2001 and attended the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Upon his return to active duty in 2005 as a Medical Corps officer, Dr. Hoefer completed a Residency in Aerospace Medicine, including a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. His post-residency tours were in Command Surgeon positions as a Squadron Surgeon with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and a Brigade Surgeon with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which included a combat tour to Afghanistan. Dr. Hoefer was assigned to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, as the Director of Medical Readiness and then as the Chief of Military Medical Operations at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. His more recent positions included Command Surgeon roles with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Knox, KY and the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Commanding Officer at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA.

Dr. Hoefer is board certified in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He is a graduate of the Combined General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and an Army War College Fellowship at the University of Georgia. His recognitions include the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Flight Surgeon Badge and Master Parachutist Badge.