HJF's Hero of Military Medicine Army Honoree Colonel (Doctor) John Csokmay 


Colonel John Csokmay was the Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  COL Csokmay began his Army career 25 years ago as the distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  A graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, he was selected to attend the competitive sponsored fellowship of Reproductive Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

Army Honoree Colonel Csokmay


COL Csokmay led the DoD’s largest and only Tri-Service OBGYN department, a tertiary referral center responsible for 42,000 outpatients, 1,600 inpatients and 1,200 deliveries annually in the National Capital Region.  With an annual operating budget of $8.7 million and 160 personnel, he directed the department through unparalleled challenges to include the COVID-19 pandemic.  He served as the three-hospital OBGYN product line leader for the region and was instrumental in developing both a million dollar tele-health collaboration with the Veteran's Administration.

COL Csokmay oversaw the DoD’s largest training platform for Women's Health producing 56 specialty physicians.  The military's most academically productive OBGYN department produced over 350 research publications and a nationally adopted simulation program.  With a Tri-Service complement and proximity to the Nation’s Capital, his department has shaped DHA policies for Women’s Health.

COL Csokmay deployed to remote Afghanistan as a battalion surgeon for the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and was responsible for over 500 sick call visits and multiple mass casualty events totaling 40 wounded personnel.  He developed an education and training partnership with the Afghan National Army medical team.  He deployed with the 31st Combat Support Hospital as the only provider of Women’s Health care and surgical expertise to over 260 service members and he served as the OBGYN Consultant in the CENTCOM area of operations encompassing 16,000 personnel.

COL Csokmay is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and earned the honor of Master Clinician.  He is an associate professor and has advanced the practice of medicine through clinical research with 24 peer-reviewed articles, 49 national/international presentations and 8 research awards.  He attained the 9A proficiency designator and military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal (3) and Army Achievement Medal (3).