Navy Capain (Ret.) Robert Koffman, MD, MPH
Dr. Koffman is the former Medical Director for the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund (2015-2019) and is the present Senior Medical Adviser for Warrior Canine Connection. Additionally, koffman recently became the Military and Veteran Liaison for Sunstone Therapies. Capping an acclaimed 32-year career as a naval medical officer, psychiatrist, and preventive medicine physician. He is also the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Veteran Affairs Commission where he leads veteran suicide prevention efforts.
Koffman’s terminal military assignment was the Chief of Clinical Operations at the premiere National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) aboard the Walter Reed campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Koffman, lauded for his work in integrative medical practices, had the unprecedented opportunity to craft the nation’s renown, evidenced-based holistic recovery program for combat wounded veterans at the NICoE, a facility where he continues to volunteer his services. A board-certified psychiatrist, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas, and his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health where he focused his studies on psychiatric epidemiology.
Among his many clinical, operational, and leadership positions, he was appointed as the Navy’s first head of Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC Consultant). While serving in this capacity, he also advised the Navy Surgeon General as Navy Medicine’s inaugural Director for Psychological Health where, during the ramp-up of war efforts for the “hidden wounds of war”, where from 2003 to 2006, he directed the management of over $100 million in military spending tackling the burgeoning problem of PTSD and blast related TBI. Koffman also was twice the Navy lead on the blue-ribbon panel authoring the DoD/VA Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinical Practice Guideline and was the 2012 recipient of SOCOM’s Patriot Award.
Prior to his arrival to NICoE, he served as a Navy collaborator and investigator to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; he continues to conduct research as a recognized name in military medicine and operational psychiatry. Deploying to Desert Storm, Operational Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, he has provided frontline behavioral health care services for service members in a multitude of maritime, combat, and peace-keeping operations. A disabled veteran himself, Koffman has dedicated himself to improving the delivery of mental health care in operational settings and is a passionate advocate for increasing access of non-stigmatizing psychological services. Parlaying this wealth of military experience, as adjunct faculty, he instructs University of Baltimore law students on military culture, and importantly, how they might defend veterans struggling with PTSD and unrecognized TBI. Koffman is also 2020 graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Center for Psychedelic Treatment and Research. Providing this emerging and cutting edge treatment through Sunstone Therapies in Rockville, MD, he is currently contributing to the body of much needed research utilizing psychedelic-assisted therapies--particularly as this modality may one day be used to treat complex PTSD and Moral Injury in our nations’ Veteran population.