Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.)

Dr. Geoffrey Ling is a leading authority on traumatic brain injury (TBI).  For many years, he was the leading TBI subject matter expert for the Department of Defense.  He helped lead the Clinical Practice Guidelines groups that published the Guidelines for the Field Management of Combat Related Head Trauma(2005) and the VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (2009).  He has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.  He is the author of the TBI chapter in Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine.  

Dr. Ling is a retired U.S. Army colonel and was deployed as a neurointensive care physician to Afghanistan in 2003 and, to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005.  In addition, Dr. Ling has had four in-theater missions as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “Gray Team” to assess traumatic brain injury (TBI) care in the combat theater (2009, 2011).  The 10th Combat Support Hospital named him their first “Physician of the Month.”  Dr. Ling was also a “requested by name” consultant to Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s trauma team following her tragic attack.  

He is presently a professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is an attending physician in Neuro Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He was the founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served for almost 12 years, first as a program manager.  He was the DARPA Program Manager of the Year in 2009.  His medical degree is from Georgetown University and his doctorate is from Cornell University.  

He is a member of the honor societies of Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi and Military Medical Order of Merit.  He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and American Association of Neurology.  He is a member of the Neurocritical Care Society, Society for Critical Care Medicine, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and AMSUS (the Society of Federal Health Professionals).