|Colonel Christopher B. Soltis, M.D.
United States Army Medical Directorate
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Colonel Christopher B. Soltis M.D. received his commission in the United States Navy in 1985 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School. He served in the United States Navy as a L.A.M.P.S. Mk I pilot for 7 years before transitioning to the US Army Medical Department. Colonel Soltis brings over 28 years of military experience as an aviator, medical clinician, scientist and leader.
As a Navy Aircraft Commander, LTJG and LT Soltis completed two Western Pacific (WESTPAC) fleet deployments serving in the USS Midway and USS Enterprise Carrier Battle Groups. During his residency in Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, CPT Soltis participated in Operation Balikatan 2000, deploying alongside Republic of the Philippine Marines and US Army Soldiers and United States Marines. CPT Soltis deployed as an Aerospace Medical Officer (Flight Surgeon) in 2003 with elements of the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division under then Major General Martin Dempsey. He redeployed with his unit to Hanau Germany and served as the 4th Brigade, 1st AD Surgeon. Following Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he served as the Allergy Clinic Chief and Fellowship Research Laboratory Director. He served as Deputy Commander, Clinical Services of the Ft. Meade MEDDAC, overseeing 11 Army Clinics across 3 States and the District of Columbia. Most recently, he served as the Division Director, Bacterial Diseases, WRAIR. He has completed two combat deployments in the CENTCOM AO during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel Soltis' awards include the Bronze Star Medal (second award), the Meritorious Service Medal (second award), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (third award) , the Army Achievement Award (third award), The Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (second award), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (second award), The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (second award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon (third award), the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Combat Medic Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the US Army Flight Surgeon Badge, the Naval Aviator Insignia, and the Order of Military Medical Merit. His unit awards include the Army Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Navy Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon.
Colonel Soltis received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Interagency Institute of Federal Health Executives, and the Army Flight Surgeon's Course He completed a Medical Residency in Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center and fellowships in Allergy and Immunology and Clinical Laboratory Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is board certified in Allergy and Immunology.