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Released: July 7, 2022

Dr. Nrusingha Mishra Inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit

FORT DETRICK, Md. – On June 7, 2022, Dr. Nrusingha Mishra, a science officer with the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit to recognize his 25 years of selfless service and contributions to the betterment of Army medicine.

Since 1997, Dr. Mishra managed more than 800 grants in many Congressional Special Interest programs to include the Breast Cancer Research Program, Prostate Cancer Research Program, Ovarian Cancer Research Program, Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, Neurofibromatosis Research Program, and the National Prion Research Program. Over the years, he worked to improve processes in managing complex federal grants and is known as one of the experts in managing cancer research awards.

The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, Brig. Gen. Anthony McQueen, presented Dr. Mishra the award during the Spring MRDC Leadership Summit.

“The Order of Military Merit honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to military medicine,” said Brig. Gen. Tony McQueen, commanding general of USAMRDC and Fort Detrick. “Dr. Mishra's achievements in the management of cancer research programs will have a lasting and far-reaching impact for our Service Members, Veterans and their families -- as well as the American Public. We are honored to welcome Dr. Mishra in to the order and thank him for his continued dedication to Army Medicine.”

Additional CDMRP senior leaders and staff attended the special event to include his nominator, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Melinda J. Hamer, deputy director of operations, and Dr. Gayle Vaday, civilian deputy director.

“Dr. Mishra’s many years of selfless service to CDMRP and to Army medicine are the embodiment of the Order of Military Medical Merit,” Hamer said. “His leadership, to include the management and development of the Prostate Cancer Pathobiology Resource Network Consortium, has contributed significantly to lifesaving research for our Soldiers and the general public. He is highly deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. Mishra holds a doctorate degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He completed his first postdoctoral training in chemoprevention at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, University of Nebraska Medical Center, in 1990. He completed his second postdoctoral training in Medicinal Chemistry for the development of anti-viral agents at the University of Utah in 1991. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Chemical Society. His previous awards include a Meritorious Service Medal and a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Army.

“Receiving this honor means a lot to me,” Dr. Mishra said. “I feel like a flowing river touching human lives on both sides. It means that time spent at CDMRP is worthy. It fills my heart with immense pleasure that I could do something beneficial for others in this life. May this honor inspire other CDMRP science officers who play an important role in our organization.”

The Order is a private organization founded in 1982 by the commanding general of the U.S. Army Health Services Command to recognize excellence and promote fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the Army Medical Service. Active duty and Reserve Components, civilian or retirees of the Army Medical Service who have made significant contributions are eligible for induction into the Order. Individuals are nominated by a member in good standing. Nominees must have at least 15 years of service and at least four major achievements with significant impacts.

On June 7, Dr. Nrusingha Mishra, center, stands with the certificate and medallion representing his induction into the Order of Medical Military Merit at Fort Detrick, Md. From the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Dr. Naba Bora, deputy director for information management and information technology, left, attended the event where U.S. Army Lt. Col. Melinda Hamer, deputy director of operations, right, and Dr. Gayle Vaday, civilian deputy director, presented Dr. Mishra with the award. (Photo by Kathleen Poindexter, CDMRP Public Affairs)
(This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out an identification badge.)

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Last updated Thursday, July 7, 2022