Presidential Welcome

Presidential Welcome


Dr. Richard ThomasAsk anyone on the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) campus why they are here and you’ll get the same answers:  because they believe in the mission, because they want to be a part of something bigger, and because they want to serve our nation’s military members, retirees and their families.  At USU, we understand that it is our sacred responsibility to care for those who defend us. We owe them all our very best.

USU is an exceptional institution, distinctive in our mission of graduating individuals who have learned to care for those in harm’s way, whether that is through patient care, research, health policy or health professions education. Our learning environment encourages our students to sharpen the values that will shape their lifelong contributions to their fellow man and they leave USU with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful immediately in their careers.

Our faculty, staff and alumni have made remarkable achievements that advance military medicine around the globe. Their extraordinary efforts have saved lives in our military treatment facilities, VA hospitals, forward-deployed locations and throughout the world.

We continue to make strides to advance military readiness. Our field training exercises are a model for the nation and for our international partners and our dive medicine, wilderness medicine and cold weather medicine operational readiness training continues to draw praise from top military leadership. 

Take a few moments to see what we offer our students, faculty and staff at USU.  And look around at what our alumni are accomplishing with their USU education.  We are very proud of what we have done in our short 46-year history and the many ways our students and alumni are making the world a better place. 


Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS, FACS


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences