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On June 9, 2018, Michael Peter Brazaitis, devoted father of Michael Brazaitis and Katie Brazaitis; Ann Brazaitis; dear brother of Peter Brazaitis. Also survived by his loyal companion, “Howie-the-Dog.”
Colonel Michael P. Brazaitis, United States Army Medical Corps, served as Chairman, Department of Radiology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) from June 1996 through February 2010. Colonel Brazaitis also served as Radiology and Teleradiology, Consultant for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC).
Colonel Brazaitis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a 1973 graduate of Fordham University, New York, with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science and Natural Science. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from Columbia University, New York in 1974. Col. Brazaitis graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine with a Doctorate of Medicine. While at Georgetown, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve having been awarded a US Army Health Professions Scholarship. He entered active duty in June 1980.
Col. Brazaitis subsequently completed an Internship in Internal Medicine from 1980-1981 at WRAMC and completed a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology from 1984-1988, also at WRAMC. He completed a Fellowship in Cross- Sectional Imaging at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD in 1992. He is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology.
Col. Brazaitis’ military education includes Command and General Staff College, Army Officer Advanced and Basic Course, Combat Casualty Care, Management of Nuclear Accidents and Incidents, Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons, Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Radiologic – Pathology Course and the Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Dependence. He is also trained in LEAN Six Sigma methodology.
Some of Colonel Brazaitis’ major career accomplishments include chairing the Selection Committee for the $21M NARMC DINPACS acquisition in 1997 for which he was subsequently the Project Manager. He led teams implementing the DOD’s first and only Early Diagnosis and Screening Service (EBCT) for the detection of preclinical coronary artery disease and established the first Virtual Colonoscopy Colon Screening Program in the Army. The 3-D Medical Applications Service was established in support of Combat Casualty Care and Col. Brazaitis was Co-Principal Investigator on a $4M research effort in the evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury
Col. Brazaitis’ other military assignments include Chief of the Diagnostic Radiology Service, WRAMC 1992-1996, Program Director Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program 1993-1997, Chief of Radiology at Walson Army Hospital, FT. Dix, NJ 1988-1991, Director at US Army Health Clinic and Alpha Team Leader, Seneca Army Depot, Romulus, NY 1981-1984.
Col. Brazaitis’s Awards include: The Department of the Army “A” Proficiency Designator; The Order of Military Medical Merit; The Meritorious Service Medal 3 OLC; The Army Commendation Medal; The Army Achievement Medal 3 OLC; The National Defense Service Medal 1 OLC; and the Army Superior Unit Award.
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