Awarded to a member of the alumni community whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
After serving our country in the US Army for over two decades, Jim Geiling, M.D. ‘78 has committed his life to the advancement of medicine not only in the United States, but globally.
Following his undergraduate education at Bucknell University, Geiling received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He then embarked upon a 25-year career in the US Army's Medical Corps, serving nine years in Germany and deploying to Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and elsewhere. He completed his internal medicine residency training in San Francisco and later critical care medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
During his career, Geiling studied disaster preparedness and medical response with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Emergency Preparedness. In 2000 he assumed command of the Pentagon Medical Center, a position he served in during the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Geiling retired from the Army as a Colonel in 2003 to the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. where he served as Chief of Medicine until 2017 and continues to practice as an intensivist and hospitalist. He is also an intensivist at the Rutland Vermont Regional Medical Center and for the Tele-ICU at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, from where he received his Master of Public Health degree in 2014.
A dedicated servant to service work abroad in resource poor settings, Geiling went to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and currently volunteers as a consulting physician in critical care and emergency medicine for the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, Tanzania every year for a month.
Geiling is the son of James W. Geiling ‘55. He is married to Karen Gehle Geiling ‘78 and their daughter, Jennifer Geiling Bayles, graduated in 2004. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and has volunteered his support as an alumnus to the Career Development Center.