USU/ Walter Reed Surgery


USU Walter Reed Surgery

Message from the Chair

The Department oEric A. Elster, MD, FACSf Surgery of “America’s Medical School” is committed to excellence in Surgery and Global Health during Peace and War. We foster a worldwide perspective for Complex Surgical Care, Translational Research, and Medical Education. As the nexus of Surgery within the Military Health System, we are the preeminent military academic surgical department providing the Nation with physicians and surgeons dedicated to careers of service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service. 

Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS 


Components of Excellence

  • Complex Surgical Care: Treat the full spectrum of surgical diseases utilizing skills obtained from combat experience.
  • Translational Research: Capitalize on research and Military Medical Advancements to deliver cutting edge care .
  • Medical Education: Prepare medical school and residency graduates to become leaders in Military and Academic Medicine, prepared for conflict, with a lifelong commitment to learning, teaching, and mentorship.

In the Spotlight

  • The Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i), a USU Walter Reed Department of Surgery research program, recently published a key manuscript entitled ‘Lessons of War: Turning Data into Decisions’. The study demonstrates that it is not merely the physical destructive nature related to the mechanism of injury in wounds, but the resulting inflammatory response that dictates wound outcome.  View paper

  • Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, MBBS, MD(Monash), MS(Melb), FRACS, FRCS(Ed), FACS, FACTM, MRACMA, Adjunct Professor of Surgery, USUHS, published "Cerebrovascular Pressure Reactivity in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury" in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  Click to see Abstract.

  • Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, MBBS, MD(Monash), MS(Melb), FRACS, FRCS(Ed), FACS, FACTM, MRACMA, Adjunct Professor of Surgery, USUHS, published "Traumatic brain injury opens blood-brain barrier to stealth liposomes via an enhanced permeability and retention (EPR)-like effect" in the Journal of Drug Targeting.  Click to see Abstract.

  • Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, MBBS, MD(Monash), MS(Melb), FRACS, FRCS(Ed), FACS, FACTM, MRACMA, Adjunct Professor of Surgery, USUHS, published "Ethanol and isolated traumatic brain injury" in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.  Click to see Abstract.

  • Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS, DMCC, Col, USAF, MC (Ret.), Professor of Surgery, USUHS, published "Development and validation of trauma surgical skills metrics: Preliminary assessment of performance after training" in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  Click to see Abstract.

  • “20th Century Outcomes for 21st Century Projections”

    The Vietnam Vascular Registry was established at Walter General Hospital in Washington D. C. in 1966 to document and to follow American servicemen wounded in the Vietnam War who sustained vascular trauma.  Numerous reports have been made over the years and two books have emphasized the collective results of approximately 600 young American surgeons efforts over an eight year period of time.  Now in the forty-eighth year of existence, the long-term follow-up from this unique database provides outcomes information unavailable from other sources.  The benefit to civilian management of vascular injuries has been emphasized repeatedly based on the combat casualty experience from the Vietnam War as in other wars.  Currently, cohort comparison studies with the Global War on Terrorism Vascular Registry (American experience in Afghanistan and Iraq) are being developed: “20th Century Outcomes for 21st Century Projections”.

  • The Walter Reed – USU Department of Surgery will be heavily featured at the August 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), with 15 abstracts accepted as either plenary (one), oral (six), or poster (8) presentations. The Surgical Critical Care Initiative, one of USUHS’ leading research programs, contributed half of those selected by the review committee.

  • Report of the 22nd humanitarian mission to Guyana, South America (July 1-5).

    This mission was focused on corneal transplantation in which a record 11 transplants werecarried out. This is in addition to the 6 corneal transplants, 26 kidney transplants, cataracts and numerous dialysis access procedures have been performed over the last several years. Over 1000 new patients with chronic kidney disease have also been examined by this team over the past 6 years. We also initiated discussions with the Government of Guyana to form the first Eye Bank in the Caribbean basin. The physicians in the team were Drs. Rahul M. Jindal, Stephen Waller, Joseph Pasternack. The mission to Guyana has been supported by the Subraj Foundation based in New York and Department of Surgery, USUHS.

  • Please congratulate Dr. Annesley Copeland for her induction as a charter member to the Fellowship in Academy of Clerkship Directors of the ASE in recognition of her ongoing contributions to undergraduate medical education.

  • Mitchell Harris was awarded the Emma Brockman Research Award for his Capstone research project!