COL Hinds is currently serving as the Brain Health Research Program Coordinator for the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office and as the Medical Advisor to the Principle Assistant for Research and Technology (PAR&T), Medical Research and Materiel Command, FT Detrick, MD. He most recently served as the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s (DVBIC) fifth national director from July 1, 2013 to 16 March 2016. He also serves as one of the primary investigators for the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC).
His other most recent military medicine leadership roles include: deputy director of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) for Military Medical Operations; the in-theater neurologist in Afghanistan, and chief of Nuclear Medicine Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, chief of integrated nuclear medicine services for the Base Realignment and Closure process that combined the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
As national director for DVBIC, COL Hinds oversaw all aspects of the organization’s mission, which is to serve active duty military and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care and care coordination, and innovative clinical research and educational programs. COL Hinds is board certified in neurology and nuclear medicine, led DVBIC with integrated multidisciplinary approaches to care. While deployed to Afghanistan from February to July 2012, he oversaw standardization of care at 11 concussion care centers as the theater neurology consultant and MRI utilization. Performing site visits allowed him to ensure that staff had appropriate training, education and resources. He reviewed cases, shared best practices, and worked with theater providers to identify and close gaps in patient care.
From August 1990 to March 1991, COL Hinds was the executive officer, treatment platoon leader and ambulance platoon leader of C Company, 224th Forward Support Battalion, 24th ID, in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He completed the U.S. Army Medical Department patient administration course and served at the Army Defense Medical Information System from 1991 to 1992, testing and advising the Composite Health Care System (CHCS I). He served as the medical platoon leader, 4-64 Armor Battalion, 24th ID at FT Stewart, GA from OCT 1988 to August 1990.
COL Hinds is an assistant professor of radiology and neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 and served as a Medical Service Corps Officer from 1988 until 1992. He received his M.D. from the University of Connecticut Health Center and was re-commissioned as an Army Captain in 1996. COL Hinds completed his neurology internship and residency at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center from 1996 to 2000. He was a staff neurologist and then chief of neurology at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from 2000 to 2004. He completed the Walter Reed Nuclear Medicine Fellowship Program in 2006 and has been a staff nuclear medicine physician in the national capital region since that time.
COL Hinds’ awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OCL), Expert Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is a graduate of the Combined General Staff College.