Ramey Wilson, MD, MPH

Ramey L. Wilson, MD, MPH, Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Name: Ramey L. Wilson, MD, MPH, Lieutenant Colonel, Army

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Command Surgeon, Special Operations Command - Africa
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Operational Medicine and Health Engagement
Global Health

Office Phone: 
(314) 421-3339


General Internal Medicine Fellowship Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD 2013 – 2015
Masters in Public Health (Global Health) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 2013 – 2015
M.S. in Defense Analysis Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 2012 – 2013
Graduate Certificate in Stability Ops Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 2013
Internal Medicine Residency Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 2003 – 2005
Internal Medicine Internship Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 2002 – 2003
Doctor of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 1998 – 2002
B.S. in Engineering Psychology United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 1990 – 1994


Raised in Hawaii and Oklahoma as the son of a career Marine Corps aviator, LTC Ramey Wilson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and was commissioned into the Field Artillery. Assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, he served as a Fire Support Officer, Battalion Reconnaissance/Survey Officer, Headquarters Battery Executive Officer, Firing Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion S-1/Adjutant.

Answering a call to serve as a military physician, Dr. Wilson matriculated into the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and graduated with his medical degree in 2002. After completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2005, he returned to Fort Bragg and served as a staff internist at Womack Army Medical Center. Deploying with the 2-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment to Afghanistan from 2007-2008 as a Battalion Surgeon, Dr. Wilson returned to Womack to serve as the Chief of Internal Medicine. During his 15-month deployment, LTC Wilson worked extensively with the local Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), local Ministry of Health, and Afghan physicians to improve the medical services for civilians and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

In 2009, Dr. Wilson transferred to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) to stand up a new battalion medical section in the newly formed 4th Battalion. Deploying to Afghanistan a year later, he helped stand up the new Special Operations Task Force-Southeast in Uruzgan province. During the deployment, Dr. Wilson worked closely with the local PRT and AusAid to support the development of the Afghan civilian medical system. Following this assignment, LTC Wilson earned a Master’s Of Science Degree in Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), concentrating on Stability and Reconstruction studies. His thesis explored the role of developing health and medical support for security forces as part of security strengthening efforts. In addition to this degree, Dr. Wilson earned a graduate level certificate in Security, Stability and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO).

In June 2013, LTC Wilson was a General Internal Medicine Fellow at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he earned his Masters in Public Health and focused on medical education and global health. His research consisted of a needs assessment of the current medical sustainment program for Special Forces Medics. As part of the program, Dr. Wilson worked extensively with the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) at the Uniformed Services University. His work with CDHAM included a review of their cultural training program and he serves as an instructor for the Global Health Engagement and Medical Stability Operations Course (GHEMSOC).

Following the completion of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship in 2015, Dr. Wilson assumed the role as the Command Surgeon for 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. In this position, he trained and prepared Special Forces Medics to deploy in support of current contingency missions, supervised the delivery of medical care to members of the organization, and ensured the unit’s medical readiness. He recently deployed as the Command Surgeon for Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Command Component-Afghanistan, where he supervised all medical support to Coalition Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and directed the health engagement strategy to support Afghan Special Security Forces.

In 2017, LTC Wilson assumed the duties of Command Surgeon, Special Operations Command-Africa (SOC-AFRICA) the sub-unified command of AFRICOM. In this role he serves as the Director of the SOC-AFRICA Surgeon's Cell and overseas overseas the medical operations in support of Special Operations missions on the African Continent.

LTC Wilson is a graduate of the Naval War College’s Command and Staff Program, AMEDD Captain’s Career Course (Constructive Credit), AMEDD Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Navy Dive Medical Officer’s Course, Army Flight Surgeon’s Course, Army Jumpmaster Course, Army Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault Course.

His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Silver Leaf Cluster, Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medical with Bronze Star, Afghan Campaign Medical with three Bronze Stars, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO medal with Bronze Star, Korea Defense Service Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Combat Action Badge, Flight Surgeon Wings, Navy Dive Medical Officer Badge, Ranger Tab, and Senior Parachutist Badge. Dr. Wilson was inducted in the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) in 2014.


  • Wilson RL. “Disasters and Conflict Zones Around the World: The Roles and Relationships of Military and Nongovernmental Organizations.” Book Chapter in Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health, Springer, New York 2009, 109-141.
  • Hartzel J, Cohee B, Yu C, Nelson M, and Wilson R. “Moving beyond Accidental Leadership: A Graduate Medical Education Leadership Curriculum Needs Assessment. Accepted for publication and in press in Military Medicine.
  • Hays M, Andrews M, Wilson R, Callender D, O'Malley PG, Douglas K. “Reporting quality of randomised controlled trial abstracts among high-impact general medical journals: a review and analysis.” BMJ Open. 2016 Jul 28;6(7):e011082. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/7/e011082.long
  • Gaist PA and Wilson RL. Separate and Equal: Building Better Relationships with the International Humanitarian. Joint Forces Quarterly. 2016; 80(1st Quarter):45-53. http://dtic.mil/doctrine/jfq/jfq.htm
  • Wilson RL, Moawad FJ and Hartzell JD. “Lessons for Conducting Health Development at the Tactical Level.” Mil Med. 2015 April; 180(4):368–373. http://dx.doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00319 PMID: 25826340
  • Wilson RL and Dezee KJ. “Special forces medical sergeants perceptions and beliefs regarding their current medical sustainment program: implications for the field.” J Spec Ops Med. 2014 Winter; 14(4): 59-69. PMID: 25399370
  • Wilson, RL. "The Role of Medical Development in Support of Security." Combating Terrorism Exchange (CTX) Journal. 2013 Nov; 3(4): 35-39. Available at: https://globalecco.org/the-role-of-medical-development-in-support-of-security
  • Wilson RL, Truesdell A. “Firebase Medicine: Extending the Level I Aid Station.” Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. 2014 Sep; 160(3):207-10. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2013-000126. Epub 2013 Oct 14. PMID: 24125799.
  • Wilson, RL. "Be Wise, Not Foolish: Medical NGO Deterrence through an Insurgent Lens," Small Wars Journal, July 17, 2013. Available at: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/be-wise-not-foolish-medical-ngo-deterrence-through-an-insurgent-lens
  • Mouwad FJ, Wilson RL, Kunar MT, Hartzell JD. “Role of the Battalion Surgeon in the Iraq and Afghanistan War.” Mil Med. 2012 Apr;177(4):412-416. PMID: 22594131.