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Thomas E. Grissom, MD, M.S.I.S., F.C.C.M.

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:



STC, T1R77

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-8793

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 328-2628


(410) 328-3138

Education and Training


1982: B.S. in Astronautical Engineering and Biological Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

1986: M.D., Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD

2012: Masters of Science in Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD


1988-1987: Internship, Anesthesiology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX

1987-1990: Residency, Anesthesiology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX

1989-1990: Clinical Scientist Track-Neuroanesthesia, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX                                               

1990-1991: Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX

1993-1994: Fellowship, Medical Research, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC                                                                          

1997: Aerospace 


Dr. Thomas Grissom's career has included 25 years serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force where he served as program director for the Air Force's only anethesiology residency and critical care fellowship. He was also instrumental in the early development of the U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) and served as the first director of the CCATT Training Program at the U.S. Air Force School of Aeromedicine. He also served as Director of the U.S. Air Force Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) at Baltimore prior to retiring at the rank of Colonel. He subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology in 2007 where he continues to participate in education and research activities focused on education, airway management, and simulation-based training with an emphasis on trauma anesthesiology.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Airway management, Critical care air transport, Trauma anesthesiology, Simulation-based education

Highlighted Publications

M McCunn,  T Grissom, R Dutton. Anesthesia for Trauma. In: RD Miller, LI Eriksson, LA Fleisher, JP Wiener-Kronish, NH Cohen, eds. Miller’s Anesthesia, 8th Edition. Philadelphia:Elsevier-Saunders, 2015:2423-2459.

SM Galvagno, RA Sikorski, C Stephens, TE Grissom. Initial evaluation and triage of the injured patient: mechanisms of injury and triggers for OR versus ED stabilization. Curr Anesthesiol Rep. 6:79-88, 2016.

TE Grissom, A Pierce. Radiographic imaging and ultrasound in early trauma management: damage control radiology for the anesthesiologist. Curr Anesthesiol Rep. 6:50-58, 2016.

TE Grissom, C Stephens. Airway Management in the Trauma Patient. In: CA Hagberg, ed. Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management, 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2016.

TE Grissom, J Richards, DL Herr. Critical Care Management of the Potential Organ Donor. Int Anesthesiol Clin 2017 (in press). 

Additional Publication Citations

B McLean, JL Zimmerman, M Baldisseri, JC Farmer, RP Dellinger, TE Grissom, eds. Fundamental Critical Care Support, 4th Edition. Mount Prospect:SCCM, 2007.

TE Grissom, C Stephens, R Sikorski. Initial Evaluation and Management. In C Smith, A Varon eds. Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia, Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 2012:16-27.

M McCunn, CJ Kucik, JM Tobin, TE Grissom, RP Dutton. Trauma and Acute Care. In LA Fleisher, ed. Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases, 6th ed. Philadelphia:Saunders-Elsevier, 2012:488-525.

TE Grissom, J Sappenfeld, S Galvagno, SV Cherrry, YC Chang, PF Hu. Performance assessment in airway management training for nonanesthesiology trainees: An analysis of 4,282 airway procedures performed at a Level 1 trauma center. Anesthesiology. 120:185-95, 2014.

SM Galvagno, JJ Dubose, TE Grissom, R Fang, R Smith, VS Babarta, S Shackelford, TM Scalea. The epidemiology of critical care air transport team operations in contemporary warfare. Mil Med, 179:612-618, 2014.

TE Grissom, R Fang. Topical hemostatic agents. Curr Opin Anesthesiol. 28:210-6, 2015

RM Kotloff, S Blosser, GJ Fulda, D Malinoski, VN Ahya, L Angel, M Byrnes, MA DeVita, TE Grissom, et al. Management of the Potential Organ Donor in the Intensive Care Unit: SCCM/ACCP/AOPO Consensus Statement. Crit Care Med. 43;1291-1325, 2015.

M McCunn, RP Dutton, A Dagal, AJ Varon, O Kaslow, CJ Kucik, CA Hagberg, JH McIssac, JF Pittet, PJ Dunbar, T Grissom, MS Vavilala. Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency-Care Anesthesiology:  A New Paradigm for the “Acute Care” Anesthesiologist? Anesth Analg.121:1668-73, 2015.

BW Bonds, Y Li, P Hu, S Yang, K Colton, A Gonchigar, J Cheriyan, T Grissom, R Fang, DM Stein. Predictive value of hyperthermia and intracranial hypertension on neurological outcomes in patients with severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. 29:1642-7, 2015.

Research Interests

Airway management
Critical care air transport
Trauma anesthesiology
Simulation-based education

Clinical Specialty Details

Trauma Anesthesiology
Critical Care Medicine

Awards and Affiliations

1997, 1999, 2003: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

1991, 1994: Air Force Commendation Medal

1990: Air Force Achievement Medal

1990: Robert D. Dripps, MD Memorial Award to the Outstanding Graduate Resident in Anesthesiology

1990: Tarrow Award in Anesthesiology

1990: Anaquest Outstanding Resident Research Essay Award: Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care Annual Meeting

1993: First Place, Scientific Exhibit: Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

1997: Exceptional Merit, Scientific Exhibit: Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

1998: The Lieutenant General Charles H. Roadman II, Mirror Force Outstanding Contribution Award: Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

1999: Air Force Material Command Nominee, Lt Gen Paul W. Myers, Outstanding Senior Physician Award, Air Force Association

2000: Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2001: Tae Kwon Do, Black Belt

2001: Fellow, AmericanCollege of Critical Care Medicine

2002: Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2007: Air Force Legion of Merit

2007: Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2008: Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2010: Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine

2012: Elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists

2013: Coauthor, 2013 Annual Scientific Award for Outstanding Abstract, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Meeting

Grants and Contracts

Co-Investigator: TE Grissom. “Assessment of Trauma Team Performance”. Funded by Patient Safety Program, Health Affairs, Department of Defense, 2005. $250,000

PI: TE Grissom. “C-STARBaltimoreSimulationCenter Modernization Project: Training for High Performance Trauma Teams”. Funded by Modernization Directorate, US Air Force, Department of Defense, 2009. $800,000.

PI: TE Grissom. “Competency-based medical education: How many intubations does it take to make the grade?” Funded by the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2010. $10,000.

PI: TE Grissom. “Potential Application of a Novel National Perioperative Outcomes Registry in Support of Active Post-Marketing Surveillance”. Funded by University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (UMCERSI) Innovation Award, 2012. $22,500.

PI: TE Grissom. “Performance of Manual Ventilation by Air Force Medics: Effect of Training and a Novel Self-Inflating Bag Mask Valve Apparatus”. Funded by 711 HSW, US Air Force, Department of Defense. 2014. $155,000.

Co-PI: TE Grissom, “Evaluation of Handoff Outcomes in a Multi-Site Continuum of Care Exercise (Handoffs)”. Funded by Joint Program Committee 1, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program, Department of Defense, 2016. $376,505.

Co-PI: TE Grissom, “Is There an Optimal Induction Agent for Use with Rapid Sequence Intubation in the Traumatized Patient? KEtamine, Etomidate, or Propofol for Intubation in Trauma (KEEPIT) Trial”. Submitted to Defense Health Program 6.7, Department of Defense, 2016. $746,000.

Co-PI: TE Grissom, “Interprofessional Team-Based Learning in En Route Care Using a Multi-Modal Communications Model with Remote Simulation”. Submitted to Joint Program Committee 1, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program, Department of Defense, 2016. $800,000.

Lab Techniques and Equipment

Human-patient simulation lab with full digital audio-video recording capability