Dr. Jay Johannigman

Trauma Medical Director

Denver, Colorado 

Dr. Jay Johannigman is a distinguished Trauma Medical Director currently affiliated with Centura, based at the renowned St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. With an impressive 35-year trauma and critical care background, Dr. Johannigman brings expertise and leadership to his role overseeing St. Anthony’s Level I Trauma and Emergency General Surgery program. This program holds accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and has been designated by the State of Colorado.

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Dr. Johannigman’s commitment to medical service extends beyond his civilian career, as he has dedicated over 40 years to the military medical corps. He currently holds the rank of COL in the US Army Reserve and has undertaken eight combat deployments from 2003 to 2021. Dr. Johannigman has fulfilled various roles throughout his military service, including CCAT flight surgeon, Trauma “Czar,” Deputy Commander, and Director of Clinical Service for combat hospitals. His exceptional contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards such as the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other decorations.

In the civilian sector, Dr. Johannigman has held key positions such as State Trauma Chair and Region Chief for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is an active member of the American Association for Trauma and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, contributing to advancements in the field.

Additionally, Dr. Johannigman is a Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. His passion for trauma medicine was ignited during his earlier career, where he served as a volunteer and professional firefighter in the Ohio Valley.

Before joining Centura, Dr. Johannigman held the trauma/critical care and acute care surgeon position at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has also served as the Trauma Medical Director and Chief of the Institute of Military Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Furthermore, Dr. Johannigman has been a liaison to the United States Air Force C-STARS training program. Notably, he serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Knight Aerospace, a leading innovator in advanced aeromedical transportation.

With a distinguished reputation built upon extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and a legacy of innovation, Dr. Jay Johannigman has significantly impacted trauma medicine by improving patient lives and advancing the national benchmarks for critical care.