George Wunderlich, Director of the Army Medical Department Museum at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

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George Wunderlich is the Director of the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston.  He came to the Museum in September 2016.  Previously he had served as the Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM)  in Frederick Maryland.  During his tenure at the NMCWM he was responsible for the development of two new museum locations: The Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam national Battlefield  (2005) and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington DC (2015).  He also founded the Letterman Leadership Institute in 2010 which specializes in leadership development and core competency training for military medical professionals.


He developed programming and lectures for the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute (JMESI), The United State Army Medical Department (AMEDD) the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and various other civilian and governmental organizations. In 2011 he was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit by Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker for his support of military medicine. He has also presented  lectures on military medical history at Harvard Medical School Center for the History of Medicine (2015) , The Third West Coast Symposium in the History of Medicine, Texas A&M (2012), Kennesaw State University (2012), Company of Military Historians (2017), The Civil War Trust (2016) and 5  National Park Service Battlefield Parks.  He is also a regular lecturer at Civil War Round Tables around the nation.

In addition to his lecture work, Mr. Wunderlich has been an on-air consultant for over 70 television productions for History, A&E, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, H2, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America, Scottish National Television STV), Smithsonian Channel, Nat Geo, Irish National Television (RTE) and NBC.  He was also a consultant on the NPR series “Mercy Street”.  His work has included weapons and ballistic studies, medical commentary, history of medicine and nineteenth century material culture.

In addition to military medical history, Mr. Wunderlich is also known for his work on the history of the early American Banjo.  He was co-curator of the 2003 exhibit Birth of the Banjo at the Kartonah Museum of Art and contributed to the exhibit catalog.  His reproductions have been used in major motion pictures including the Gangs of New York, Mask of Zoro and Gods and Generals.  His conservation and restoration work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, Museum of Fine Art in Boston, The Musical Instrument Museum in Brussles and many others.

Mr. Wunderlich is married to Dr. Irene Wunderlich, Ed.D who is an adjunct faculty at Incarnate Word University.  They has been married since 1985 and have four children.  Both are involved in volunteer work in San Antonio and are active in the Catholic Church.  George was ordained a Deacon in 2013 and he and Dr. Wunderlich share many ministerial activities together.


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