President - LTC Thornton Mu
I am an Army neonatologist at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Army Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. My prior leadership experiences also include neonatology fellowship program director and division chief, newborn medicine. In addition to serving as President of Uniformed Services Chapter West, I am a member of the Sections on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Uniformed Services and Organization of Neonatal-Training Program Directors. I've deployed twice – to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2012. I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at USUHS and University of Texas Health San Antonio. My research interests include investigation of umbilical cord blood use as well as neonatal resuscitation practices, simulation, and ECMO. My quality improvement initiatives have focused on improving neonatal outcomes.
I'm originally from San Francisco, CA and received my bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and distinguished military graduate of the Army ROTC program. I graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine. I completed pediatric residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and neonatology fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center. We live in San Antonio where our three boys keep us busy with sports, church, and Boy/Cub Scout activities. We are also a licensed foster parents which definitely add another level of complexity and adventure for our family. We are going on 20 years in the Army and have loved this crazy military adventure!
Executive Director - Elina Ly
Elina Ly has been the Uniformed Services West Chapter Executive Director since 2001. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and watching sappy Hallmark Movies.
Member-at-Large - Jeanne Krick
MAJ Krick is an Army Neonatologist currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She graduated from the United States Military Academy and completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She then completed her pediatric residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and Neonatology-Perinatology Fellowship at the University of Washington. She also completed a Pediatric Bioethics fellowship through Seattle Children’s Hospital. She continues to be involved in research examining the relationship between parents and providers in the pediatric setting. She has been a Member-At-Large since 2018. She is married to Joe, an Army Reservist, and has a son named Alex.
Chapter Diversity Facilitator
- Renee Matos
Vice President - John Campagna
LTC John Campagna is the Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, TX and serves as the Product Line Leader for the San Antonio Military Health System. He has previously served as the Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center, HI and Chief of Pediatric Subspecialties at Womack Army, Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. He served as the 115th Combat Support Hospital Officer in Charge of the Troop Medical Clinic (Role II), Camp Buehring, Kuwait. He was the first Medical Director of Sexual Assault Medical Management Office at Fort Bragg and USARPAC.
LTC Campagna has a Medical Degree and Master’s of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He has a B.A. in Criminology and B.S. in Microbiology and Criminology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. He is an Honor Graduate of the Command and General Staff Officer Course and completed the Defense Strategy Course.
LTC Campagna’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He has been inducted into the Official Order or Military Medical Merit. He was selected as the 2017 Army Medical Corps Iron Major and the 2016 Army Pediatrician of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Secretary/Treasurer; Past Present
- Amy Michalski
I have been a general pediatrician at NMCSD for almost 20 years - I spent 10 years on active duty then became a GS employee. I was raised in Kansas and attended K-State for my undergrad degree. Then I moved to Houston to attend Baylor College of Medicine and was a HPSP student. The highlight of my medical school training was a Sub - I pediatric rotation under Dr. Ralph Feigin. I completed my training at NMCSD, spent one year at Camp Pendleton, and then transferred back to NMCSD. I love getting the opportunity to work with pediatric residents. I currently manage the general pediatrics teaching clinic rotation as well as work in the nursery and staff the pediatric continuity clinic. For the last four years, I have been involved in the Uniformed Services West Chapter as the Vice-President and then President which was a wonderful experience. This year my son headed off to college so I decided to run for secretary/treasurer to remain active with the Chapter. I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to participate in leadership roles within the AAP and look forward to remaining involved.
Member-at-Large - Sarah Ditch
Maj Ditch is an Adolescent Medicine Specialist stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She is originally from St. Louis, MO and went to medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, MO. She completed Pediatric residency and Adolescent Medicine fellowship at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC). In addition to being part of the Executive Committee for the Uniformed Services West Chapter, she is Associate Program Director for the Transitional Year program and Core Faculty for the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at SAUSHEC. She is also class advisor for the Pediatric PGY-1s at SAUSHEC and on the Clinical Risk Management Function team as Pediatric Subject Matter Expert. Her free time revolves around her 4 children, practicing martial arts, long distance running, and spin classes. She hopes to get the opportunity to continue to serve the Adolescent and Young Adult Active Duty and dependent population here in San Antonio as well as stay very involved in medical student, resident, and fellow education.
Lieutenant Colonel Renée I. Matos, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Assistant Dean of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), where she oversees quality improvement and patient safety for 37 GME training programs with 600 residents and fellows. She is also a pediatric intensivist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University. She has served on multiple national committees and was a previous chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees. Her interests include resuscitation, quality improvement, patient safety, and graduate medical education. She has 11 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters, multiple local and national presentations, has developed 2 courses, and been the course director for 3 courses.
Dr. Matos was commissioned through ROTC at Princeton University in 2001, where she graduated with Honors with a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She received her medical education at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine (2005), completed residency in Pediatrics at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (2008), and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC (2012). Dr. Matos was Chief of Residents from 2008-09 and completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health while in fellowship.
Lt Col Matos deployed to Ramstein Air Base in 2017 as a Critical Care Air Transport Physician and has transported over 50 critically ill children and adults across the world, including bombing and volcano victims during international disasters. Some of her awards include 3 Air Force Commendation Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and she received the Military Health System Department of Defense Quality and Patient Safety Award twice.
Early Career Physicians Representative
- Frances Rosario
LCDR Rosario is originally from Orlando, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in microbiology and Master of Public Health in epidemiology. After graduating from Uniformed Services University in 2012, she completed her pediatric residency in 2015 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. for the past four years she has been practicing as a general pediatrician , the first year serving as Chief Resident in San Diego before serving three years in Yokosuka, Japan ultimately as Department Head of Pediatrics. she recently moved back to Naval Medical Center San Diego where she is serving as the Mother Infant Lactation Clinic (MILC) Division Officer.
Professional interests include the military unique aspects of pediatric care, graduate medical education, and pediatric hospital medicine. LCDR Rosario is married to her husband Will who serves as an active-duty US Navy optometrist and has a personal interest in the challenges of the dual-military life.
CATCH Grant Facilitator- Matt Nestander
I am currently a fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. I attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and pediatric residency at Madigan. I love pediatrics and taking care of our young patients. My interests outside of work center on
my family and the outdoors, preferably combing the two of them when possible."
Grant & Educational Endowment Coordinator
- Norman Waecker
Dr. Waecker retired from active duty after 28 years of service in the US Navy Medical Corps in 2006. He continued to work in the Department of Pediatrics at Naval Medical Center San Diego as a civilian Staff Attending Pediatrician until 2018, when he transferred to Fort Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division. Dr. Waecker is working at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in the Young Eagle Medical Home practicing General Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and teaching military physician assistant students. Dr. Waecker is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). In his spare time, he enjoys walking with his wife and 3 collies, and staying up to date with his his 5 grown children and their families.