Kimberly D. Kumer, MD, Col, USAF, MC

Uniformed Services University

Col Kimberly D. Kumer is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) School of Medicine (SOM) located in Bethesda, MD. Col Kumer directs the psychiatry operational curriculum, to include providing subject matter expertise on USU’s annual capstone event, Operation Bushmaster. She also leads the SOM’s DoD Sexual Assault Response Training and has initiated a novel approach to psychiatry consultation services at USU’s family medicine clinic. While at USU, Dr. Kumer has steered her unique expertise across broad longitudinal educational platforms, including Interprofessional Practice and Education, Reflective Practice, Neuroscience, and Ethics, adding to a robust military medical education curriculum. She is a member of the Educational Committee; scientist for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; and instructor for the Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). Concurrent with her current duty responsibilities, Col Kumer has been hand-selected for critical manning-assist assignments to advise Commanders of both the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces and Air Force Global Strike Command and in doing ensuring their no-fail missions. Her exemplary leadership and dedication to both the school and the DoD is captured in her 2022 SOM Dean’s Impact Award received during her inaugural faculty year.

Colonel Kumer entered the Air Force as a direct accession in 2011 after a decade of civilian medical practice. She completed undergraduate and medical studies through a combined accelerated academic program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1997. She then completed her Psychiatry Residency at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. Upon commissioning, she served as the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Flight at the 99th Medical Group, Nellis Air Force Base. Dr. Kumer then went on to complete a highly selective Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard University in 2015. Her follow-on assignment was as the regional forensic psychiatrist for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Most recently, she completed a short tour as Chief of Medical Staff at Incirlik AB, Turkey, supporting warfighters operating in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command.