Dr. James K WrightClinical Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest 
wound care, burns, reconstructive surgery, traumatic brain injury, and hyperbaric medicine



Dr. James K. Wright joined the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in 2021 as an assistant professor. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago, where he also completed his surgery residency. Dr. Wright also attended Harvard Medical School as a clinical and research fellow in burns, completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at UCLA Medical Center, and completed the fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. After a 28-year career in the Air Force, Dr. Wright retired and practiced as a hyperbaric and wound care physician in Washington State.

Dr. Wright’s clinical interests are wound care, burns, reconstructive surgery, traumatic brain injury, and hyperbaric medicine.

Selected Publications

Edstrom, L.E., Robson, M.C., and Wright, J. K.: A method for the evaluation of minor degrees of breast asymmetry. Plast. Reconst. Surg, 60: 812, 1977.

Reyes, H.M., Wright, J.K., and Rosenfield, R.L.: Prevention of hypocalcemia in children due to parathyroid infarction after thyroidectomy. Surg. Gynecol. Obstet., 148: 76, 1979.

Wright, J.K., and Miller, T.A.: The management of post-operative mobilization following primary tendon repair. Orthop. Rev. 8: 176, 1979.

Reyes, H.N., and Wright, J.K.,: Primary closure of gastroschisis: evaluation of results and technique, in Nyhus, L.M., Surg Annu 1979;11:85-97.

Wright, J.K., and Brawer, M.K.: Survival of full thickness skin grafts over avascular defects. Plast. Reconstr. Surg., 66: 418, 1980.

Wright, J.K., and Watkins, R.P.: Use of the soleus muscle flap to cover part of the distal tibia. Plast. Reconstr. Surg, 68: 957, 1981.

Wright, J.K.: Triage and early care of burn patients. Combat Medical Training Handbook, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, 1986.

Wright, J.K.: Triage and early care of burn patients. (videotape) 1365th Audiovisual Squadron (MAC), Lackland AFB, TX, 1986.

Wright, J.K.: Introduction to cosmetic surgery. (videotape) 1365th Audiovisual Squadron (MAC), Lackland AFB, TX, 1986.

Young, W.A., and Wright, J.K.: Scrotal reconstruction with a rectus abdominis muscle flap. Brit. J. Plastic. Surg., 41:190, 1988.

Moran, S.G., and Wright, J.K.: Case report: Sepsis from a granulating wound in a patient with a white blood cell defect. Mil Med, 153: 643-4, 1988.

Benjamin A.B., and Wright, J.K. Aortic aneurysm in the differential for panic attacks [letter] Psychosomatics 41(3): 282-3, 2000

Wright, J. K. The Relevance of Hyperbaric Oxygen to Combat Medicine. RTO Meeting Proceedings: MP-062.North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Research and Technology Organization, Neuilly-Sur-Seine Cedex, France, June 2001.

Wright, J. K. Saturation diving. Hyperbaric Newsletter, Davis Hyperbaric Laboratory, Brooks AFB, TX, Fall 2000

Wright, J. K. Introduction to flaps and grafts. Hyperbaric Newsletter, Davis Hyperbaric Laboratory, Brooks AFB, TX, Fall 2000

Wright, James K. Wright, Col, USAF, MC, SFS, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine/FEH, “The Relevance of Hyperbaric Oxygen to Combat Medicine,” Paper presented at the RTO HFM Symposium on “Operational Medical Issues in Hypo- and Hyperbaric Conditions”, held in Toronto, Canada, 16-19 October 2000, and published in RTO MP-062.

Wright, J.K. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, World Wide Wounds, (www.worldwidewounds.org), May, 2001.

Wright, JK. The EEHS Manual, Davis Hyperbaric Laboratory, 2001.

Wright J, Ehler W, McGlasson DL, Thompson W. Facilitation of Recovery from Acute Blood Loss With Hyperbaric Oxygen. Arch Surg 2002; 137:850-853.

Kalns, JE., Roy, A., Loeffler, C., James K. Wright, J.K. Digital wound imaging enables timely identification of chronic non-healing wounds minimally responsive to hyperbaric oxygen treatment, submitted to Advances in Skin and Wound Care, Nov. 22, 2002.

Kalns, J.E., Dick, E., Scruggs, J.P., Kieswetter, K., Wright, J.K. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment prevents up-regulation of angiogenesis following partial-thickness skin grafts in the pig, Wound Repair Regen, 11, 139-144, 2003.

Gibbons JA, Ramsey CS, Wright JK, Pilmanis AA. Case history of serious altitude decompression sickness following rapid rate of ascent. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2003 Jun;74(6 Pt 1):675-8.

Kalns J, Roy A, Loeffler C, Wright JK. A retrospective evaluation of digital wound imaging to predict response to hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2004 Apr;50(4):36-8, 40, 42 passim.

Wright JK, Kalns J, Wolf EA, Traweek F, Schwarz S, Loeffler CK, Snyder W, Yantis LD Jr, Eggers J. Thermal injury resulting from application of a granular mineral hemostatic agent. J Trauma. 2004;57:224-30.

Greer DM, Chao RP, McCorvey DL, Garza JR, Wright JK. Principles of surgical wound management, in Sheffield PJ, Smith APS, Fife CE (eds) Wound Care Practice, Flagstaff, Best Publishing Company, 2004; 189-216.

Chao RP, Greer DM, McCorvey DL, Wright JK, Garza JR. Management of pressure sores, in Sheffield PJ, Smith APS, Fife CE (eds) Wound Care Practice, Flagstaff, Best Publishing Company, 2004; 335-348.

Wright JK. Performance enhancement for pararescue trainees. Flightlines 2004 (Mar) 20:14.

Wright JK, Hopf, HA, Kaplan LJ. Transfusion therapy in trauma and burns, in Spiess, Spence, Shander, eds. Perioperative Transfusion Medicine, 2nd ed., Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2005.

Wright JK, Franklin B, Zant E. Treatment of a Central Retinal Vein Occlusion with Hyperbaric Oxygen. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2007 Sep-Oct;34(5):315-9.

Wright JK, Christy RJ, Tharp RV, Kalns JE. Evaluation of intraosseous delivery of factor VIIa during hemorraghic shock in the pig. Mil Med. 2009 Feb;174(2):119-23.

Wright JK, Zant E, Groom K, Schlegel RE, Gilliland K. Case report: Treatment of mild traumatic brain injury with hyperbaric oxygen. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2009 Nov-Dec;36(6):391-9.

Wright JK et al. The National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Trial – a multicenter study of hyperbaric oxygen for mild traumatic brain injury with post-concussive symptoms. Research report, International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, 2013.

Figueroa XA, Wright JK. OK, Doc . . . What Do I Really Have? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Versus Traumatic Brain Injury. J Spec Oper Med. 2015 Winter;15(4):59-66.

Figueroa XA, Wright JK. Clinical results in brain injury trials using HBO2 therapy: Another perspective. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;42(4):333-51.

Figueroa XA, Wright JK. Hyperbaric oxygen: B-level evidence in mild traumatic brain injury clinical trials. Neurology. 2016 Sep 27;87(13):1400-6

Zant AE, Figueroa XA, Paulson C, Wright JK Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy To Treat Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms, Manuscript accepted for publication, 8-27-2021, Undersea Hyperb Med.

Honors and Awards

Aviation Medical Examiner, FAA, 1996-2009
Aerial Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, AF Achievement Medal
AFA Texas Clinician of the Year, 2001
USAFSAM Physician of the Year 2001
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Green Belt Instructor, 2005
USAF Clinical Excellence Grand Master in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 2007
Vice President for Clinical Research, International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, 2010 to 2012
Board Member: Montana Neuroscience Institute, 2010 to 2014
Governor's TBI Advisory Council (Montana), 2011 to 2014
Board member, The Brain Healing Foundation, 2013 to 2017


Medical School
The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, Surgery

The University of Chicago, General Surgery
UCLA, Plastic Surgery

Clinical and Research Fellow (Burns)
Harvard Medical School, Shriners’ Burn Institute

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1978
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1981
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Certificate of Special Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery, 1993
American Board of Preventive Medicine, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 2002, 2014


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