Commander’s Biography

Colonel Roman Bilynsky,
Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

Colonel Roman BilynskyColonel Roman Bilynsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in East Hanover, New Jersey. He graduated from Hanover Park High School in 1982 and attended Cook College – Rutgers University in New Brunswick, earning a bachelor of science in biochemistry in 1986. At Rutgers he joined the Army ROTC Program and attended ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Awarded a four-year F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program scholarship, he attended New York Medical College from 1986 through 1990, completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, in 1993, and immediately went on to a child neurology fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, from 1993 to 1996.

Colonel Bilynsky served as the ERMC child neurologist from 1996 to 1999 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, treating child and adult patients from military bases in the Azores, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, and embassies in Eastern Europe.
He PCS’d back to William Beaumont AMC in 1999 with monthly satellite clinics at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
He was assigned as the Senior Battalion Surgeon for the 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, in Tikrit, Iraq, from July 2003 through March 2004. During that time, he traveled with the brigade’s combat stress control team as the medical advisor. He served temporarily as the acting Battalion Surgeon with the 1-22 Infantry, 4-22 Field Artillery and as Acting Brigade Surgeon for the 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Post-deployment, he returned to El Paso, assuming the role of Chief of the Neurology Service and curriculum coordinator for the internal medicine residency program in neurology and adolescent medicine. He was appointed as chairman of the Sole Provider Committee and co-chair of the Pain Management Committee and served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
He completed 6 years of duty at WBAMC in the summer of 2005 and moved to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as the Deputy Commander of Clinical Services (DCCC) at Patterson Army Health Clinic. He served as the DCCS until his appointment as Acting Commander, PAHC, in February 2007, and Commander in June 2007 through April 2008. He maintained a clinical practice in child and adult neurology, treating active duty Soldiers and their dependents several days a week.
He deployed with the split based 115th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) as DCCS at Camp Bucca, Iraq, from April 2008 through August 2009. He PCS’d from Fort Monmouth to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as the DCCS of General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital from October 2009 through June 2011, and then deployed as the DCCS of the 47th CSH in Iraq during Operation New Dawn from July through December 2011.
In March 2012, Colonel Bilynsky was assigned as the Chief, G-37 Medical Readiness Division in the Office of the Surgeon General at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. His primary responsibilities included MEDPROS (Medical Protection System), eProfile (DA 3349), Deployment Health Assessments (DD 2795, 2796, 2900), Periodic Health Assessments, AR 40-501 – Standards of Medical Fitness, Special Actions and Waivers.
Prior to serving as Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Colonel Bilynsky’s previous CBRN training and experience included the 80-hour Officer/NCO NBC course in 1992, two iterations of the three-day Medical Management of Chemical & Biological Casualties Course, and DCCS oversight of the CBRN medical surety mission at Fort Leonard Wood (Chemical School).
Colonel Bilynsky currently lives in southern Pennsylvania with his spouse, children and pets.

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