RLF Salutes our Board of Advisors



Brigadier General (Ret.) Gerald Dieter Griffin, MD, PharmD

BG Griffin’s military career as an officer began Aug. 24, 1968, when he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant of Infantry after completing Officer Candidate School. His most recent promotion, to Brigadier General, occurred October 10, 1998. Prior to OCS, he served as an enlisted infantry soldier and medic for 4 years. BG Griffin was mandatorily retired for age in 2002, and re-appointed Colonel after he retired as a General Officer, with a 3 year Active Duty ‘retiree recall’ extension as a Chief, Emergency Medicine/ Triage & Deputy Commander/ Hospital Commandant/ Chief, Professional Services, Task Force 67, and 67CSH, Mosul, OIF II, Iraq; GMO, 118 ASMB, in Babylon, Ashraf & Balad, OIF II, Iraq. Dr Griffin retired again 21 Oct 2005, as Brigadier General, Medical Corps, United States Army. BG Griffin served 41 1/2 years in America’s Army.

He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in German and Zoology. He subsequently completed a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy / Pharmacology at the University of the Pacific. BG Griffin received his Medical Degree from the University of Juarez/Case Western Reserve Clerkship Program and completed a Flexible Internship at University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. His Residency in Emergency Medicine was completed at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Griffin is an Emergency Medicine physician in Pacific Grove, CA with over 31 years’ experience. Specifically, Dr. Griffin has an extensive background in clinical and basic research as well as in clinical medicine. In addition to his medical practice he currently conducts clinical research on Traumatic Brain Injury and offers his services as a consultant to various biotechnology companies. His specific research interests include TBI, the immune response and infection in TBI/stroke, the molecular/immune events of PTSD and treatments. He also sits on the scientific advisory board of the Geneva Foundation, non-profit organization that supports and advances innovative medical research and excellence in education within the U.S. military.

To Read articles on TBI and PTSD written by General Griffin, MD, Please Click on the title of the article listed below:

 Post-traumatic stress disorder: revisiting adrenergics,glucocorticoids, immune system effects and homeostasis.

 Stroke, mTBI, infection, antibiotics and beta blockade: Connecting the dots.

 The ‘Visible’ Injury No One Sees.

 Pediatric sports-related concussions.


Col LeeOwen Lee, Col (USA, Medical Corps, Retired), MD

Colonel Owen Lee joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1972. Lee was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana to complete his combat training. From there, he went on to San Antonio, Texas to be trained as a combat medic. Upon completion, Lee spent 6 years in Maryland working at the Walter Reed Army Hospital.

While committed as a soldier on the weekends and to the hospital during the week, Lee found himself working through pre-med school as well. Lee graduated cum laude in biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Colonel Lee joined Licking Memorial Hospital in 1984 after his residency at Indiana-Purdue University. He is a board-certified radiologist and is an Interventional Radiologist. After the first Gulf War there was a severe shortage of physicians and Lee was asked to come back to US army. He attended Officer basic training in San Antonio in 1996 and Advanced Officer Training in San Antonio two years later. Lee was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, the largest Army base in the world and headquarter for Third Army. (Gen Patton’s WWII unit) At Darnell Army Hospital Lee served the soldiers from 1st Calvary Division and 4th Infantry Divisions the two heavy armor divisions in the US army.

Post 9/11 events resulted in mobilization of US army reservist and Lee was activated for active duty in Fort Hood Texas and served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War on Terror. That same year, Colonel Lee was named Physician of the Year by his peers at Licking Memorial Hospital.
Lee served 22 years in the US army reserve from a private enlisted soldier during the Vietnam War era to a Colonel as an AMEDD officer until his retirement in 2010. Lee always felt a close bond to his band of brothers and veterans that served in the military.

Colonel Owen Lee stated, “I always felt our soldiers guaranteed our Constitution, not the professor at the university or the politician. Without a strong military that reflects the will of our people, we would not have the freedom that we enjoy today.”


Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen a Nation

Let 2017 be the year that we make health care accessible for our Veterans – even those with complex neurological issues secondary to TBI/PTSD and enable them to have a productive, happy, successful career outside the military, as a valued member of the civilian world. Please feel free to to send us your comments, suggestions, and stories to:

We are here.  We are listening.  We are advocating for you – and our nation.

Very Respectfully,

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder and Chairwoman



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