Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Jan Combs - 2008

Dr. Jan Combs is currently the Chief Physician in the Hand Surgery Section of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. She has held this position since 2005. During her accomplished career, she has held medical appointments in several locations including Ft. Bliss, Texas, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and the McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. She has also held academic appointments at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Combs is the author or co-author of many research publications, and has presented at many national and international locations. As a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Combs has served at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel since October 2003.

Dr. Combs holds memberships in many professional associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (fellow), the American College of Sportsmedicine (fellow), Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (life member), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Wilderness Medical Society, and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is the holder of many awards and honors, including the Bronze Star Medal.

In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Combs holds three degrees from Indiana University, including a bachelor’s degree (physical education with an emphasis in sports medicine) and master’s degree (sports medicine) from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.