Medical Director

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Staunton, VA

Education and Clinical Training:

Dr. Guertler received his bachelor of science in biology and chemistry in 1981 from James Madison University. He then received his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia (Now VCU Medical School) in 1985. His clinical training includes an internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, from 1985-1988. He also completed his fellowship in Medical Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1990-1991.


American Board of Emergency Medicine

VA state license since 1987

Professional Experience:

All of Dr. Guertler’s experience is in Emergency Medicine. He worked at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, from 1988-1990. From 1991-1993 he was the Research Director and Assistant Residency Director of Emergency Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Following his army career, he became an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center from 1993-1999 and was the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director from 1995-1999. From 1999-2010, he was a community emergency physician at Augusta Health with Augusta Emergency Physicians, LTD. He has worked at the James Madison University Health Center since 2010 as a staff physician.

What he enjoys most about working in college health:

“The opportunity to interact with and educate young, active individuals. There is a great potential in early health education that could benefit our patients in both the short-term illnesses they experience and long-term health choices they make.” 

UHC Spotlight on Dr. Guertler

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