Col. Hack joined Astrocyte’s Scientific Advisory Board in December of 2016. Col. Hack previously served as Senior Medical Advisor to the Principal Assistant, Research and Technology, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) from 2014 to 2015, where he was responsible for coordinating research that would reduce morbidity and save the lives of troops injured in the line of duty. From 2008 to 2014, Col. Hack was the Director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP) at USAMRMC, and also the Chair of Joint Program Committee 6 focused on Combat Casualty Care. He was accountable for coordinating TBI research and technology across all Department of Defense groups, and was responsible for over 650 projects and the use of over $850 million in federal funds to advance TBI research and technology. Col. Hack helped establish the 2013 National Research Action Plan that defined national priorities and funding to assess and develop improvements across the continuum of TBI care, the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium that is providing $50M to study the long term effects of TBIs, and the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance that is the largest concussion study ever conducted. Col. Hack retired from USAMRMC in 2015.
Col. Hack received his M.D. from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins and a Master of Strategic Studies (M.S.S.) from the U.S. Army War College. He was Vice President of Biomedical Engineering at several biomedical companies before going into active duty at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He had multiple Army command surgeon roles including Command Surgeon for the Multinational Force in Iraq. He also has an appointment at the University of Pittsburgh as Visiting Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery and at Virginia Commonwealth University as Associate Clinical Professor. Col. Hack has received numerous military awards including the Bronze Star, two Legions of Merit, and seven Meritorious Service Medals and was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Military Order of Medical Merit. He was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Loma Linda University in May 2015.