SUR GME General Surgery


Graduate Medical Education (General Surgery)


The mission of the National Capital Consortium (NCC) General Surgery residency program is to develop world class surgeons to care for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, and their families. We will provide a scholarly environment and a dedication to excellence in complex surgical care, medical education and translational research. Our trainees will emerge with the professionalism, communications, and lifelong learning skills to become leaders in military and civilian academic surgery.


Program Goals

The goals of the NCC General Surgery Residency Programs are:

  • To assist trainees in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be effective general surgeons
  • To prepare trainees for entry into top surgical subspecialty training programs
  • To develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to allow graduates to maintain a program of scholarly research in their area of interest
  • To produce dynamic and effective surgical educators
  • To promote and encourage the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for lifelong learning and improvement
  • To develop military medical officers of character ready to lead surgical teams in support of military operations worldwide


Complex Surgical Care

The primary clinical site for the NCC General Surgery Residency program is the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, just outside of Washington, D.C. in Bethesda, Md. As the world's largest military medical center, we provide care to more than 1 million beneficiaries annually, many referred from all over the globe for world class specialty care. Our John P. Murtha Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center in the DOD. Our Trauma & Acute Care Surgery service has cared for the overwhelming majority of casualties returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That' s why Walter Reed is "Where the Nation Heals it's Heroes".

Surgical experiences for our residents at Walter Reed and with our civilian partners include:

  • Minimally Invasive GI & Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology / Breast Surgery
    • John P. Murtha Cancer Center
    • National Cancer Institute
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Trauma & Acute Care Surgery
    • Cowley Shock Trauma Center  
    • Washington Hospital Center
  • Vascular Surgery
    • Inova Fairfax Medical Center
  • Pediatric Surgery
    • Children's National Medical Center
  • General Surgery:
    • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
    • Inova Fairfax Medical Center
    • Suburban Hospital 


Medical Education

Medical education for NCC General Surgery residents is truly second to none. As the largest surgical residency program in the DoD, we graduate 7 chief residents/year with a total of 53 residents active in the program at any given time. Our integration with our campus partner, the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, creates a true academic environment that no other military program can match. NCC General Surgery residents enjoy at least 6 hours of protected academic time each week to ensure well rounded scholarly development. Clinical learning is supplemented by a robust simulation based surgical skills curriculum in one of our 3 state of the art medical simulation centers. In fact, our newly formed National Capital Region Simulation Consortium is not only a member of the American College of Surgeons Consortium of Accredited Education Institutes, but is the only institution in the country designated as an ACS/AEI Simulation - Education Fellowship Site, a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Test Center, and a Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery Test Center.

In fact, Department of Surgery faculty serve as national leaders in not only these educational programs, but also Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET), and the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) course, just to name a few.

Opportunities for NCC General Surgery residents continue to grow with the launch of a Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree program in the fall of 2015. Residents interested in a career focused on medical education may have the opportunity to complete this program in the future during protected research time.

NCC General Surgery offers high quality, state of the art surgical education and scholarly opportunities that can't be beat.


Translational Research

Bridging the gap between the bench, the bedside, and the battlefield is the focus of our departmental scholarly efforts. Each NCC General Surgery resident spends at least a year engaged in full time, protected research in an area of his or her interest. Collaborative agreements with the USU School of Medicine, other academic institutions in the National Capital Region, and with national and international partners make our research portfolio second to none. Currently, the Department of Surgery generates approximately 25 million dollars/year in combined intramural and extramural research funding resulting in more than 100 manuscripts annually. Prominent programs of research include:

In addition to these programs, NCC residents also participate in clinical research at the National Cancer Institute, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC to name a few. Since 2007, NCC research residents have won more than 17 awards in research competitions at both the regional and national level


Other Military General Surgery Residency Program

Army - Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Navy - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Naval Medical Center San Dieg

Air Force - David Grant Air Force Medical Center (Travis AFB), Keesler Air Force Medical Center, Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center (Nellis AFB), San Antonio Military Medical Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Medical Center

Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3155
Fax: (301) 295-3627

Residency Program Leadership

E. Matthew Ritter, MD, FACS
Lt Col, USAF, MC Vice Chairman, Education
Program Director, NCC General Surgery

Matthew T. Hueman, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director NCC General Surgery

Elliot M. Jessie, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director, NCC General Surgery

Amy E. Vertrees, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director, NCC General Surgery

Residency Coordinators/ Primary Contacts

Wendii T. Wilkins
Lead Coordinator, NCC General Surgery
(301) 400-2185

Myra Yusuf
Program Coordinator, NCC General Surgery

Amanda L. McCombs
Program Assistance, NCC General Surgery