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C-STARS: Venture between Dr Jay Johannigman & University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati College of Medical Center is one of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare institutions. Being one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, we are driven by innovation while keeping people’s health at the forefront.


Our faculties come from diverse walks of life with a wide range of specialties and expertise. These experts are passionate about solving the most complex medical cases while ensuring that no one is devoid of healthcare.


These brilliant minds embody our values of respect, integrity, inclusion, discovery, and most importantly, empathy. With a patient and family-first approach, we strive and envision a brighter tomorrow where healthcare is accessible to everyone irrespective of who they are or where they come from.


While various initiatives and efforts have been taken to accomplish this mission, one significant venture was the C-STARS.


C-STARS is a joint program with the Air Force that brings some of the best trauma and critical surgeons and works alongside our medical professionals.


Being the third program of its kind in the country, the training program has about 14 classes per year, where about 12 to 15 Air Force health care professionals take you through critical care simulations and a series of other field exercises.


It is a program where these veterans get a chance to work alongside civilian professionals, while the civilians also get to learn from the veterans their ways and absorb their expertise over cases and subjects.


An integral part of this C-STARS program is Dr. Jay Johannigman, a trauma, and critical care surgeon.

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About Dr. Jay Johannigman

Dr. Jay Johannigman is a Cincinnati-based M.D. with over 40 years of experience. With multiple degrees, training, and accolades in his name, Dr. Johannigman is a military veteran who works with the University of Cincinnati in their C-STARS program.


He completed an AB degree from Kenyon College and a Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University. His postdoctoral training was in trauma and critical care but not stopping there, Dr. Johannigman also completed his Aerospace Medicine Primary Course from Brooks AFB during his military career.


Being a man of many talents and versatile expertise across various niches, Dr. Johannigman has held several positions in the military. In this exhaustive list of designations, some of the most prominent ones are Medical Director of Surgical Critical Care Service at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in Texas, Consultant Surgeon for Air Force Special Operations Command, and Trauma Director at the Balad Air Base in Iraq.


He worked for 18 years in the theatres of Iraq and Afghanistan, which contributed to some of the most profound and intense experiences he possesses today as a surgeon.

The Collaborative Efforts

Dr. Jay Johannigman’s experience, knowledge, and expertise have had an impeccable contribution to the C-STARS program. The training is being provided to numerous trauma and critical care medical personnel who can further practice it and help in such cases.


Overall this collaboration with veterans such as Dr. Johannigman has helped the community since it brings out more such critical care surgeons, who, in the end, are of excellent service to the people.

Natalie Nyugen

Natalie Nyugen / About Author

Research analyst and contributor on Company InFocus. B.A. in International Marketing from Rutgers Business School.