Future Forces Forum
Future Forces Exhibition 2016
Medical Workshop 2016
Assistant Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Critical Skills Retention and Readiness for Military Trauma Surgery
Although the US and its allied partners have achieved unprecedented efficacy and success in operational surgical care through recent conflicts, declining deployments and evolutions in peacetime surgical care threaten the readiness of surgeons to sustain these outstanding outcomes in future military operations. Surgical skills sustainment for combat operations is a critical priority that will require the definition of critical skill sets, emphasis on these skills in surgical training and peacetime practice, and ensuring that military surgeons all participate in trauma care on a regular basis. In addition, all deployable surgeons should participate in a comprehensive, military-specific trauma surgery training course at regular intervals.
I have been involved in war surgery and associated public health and humanitarian care activity as a military surgeon in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa regularly for years. I am familiar with the associated issues and challenges from both a public health and individual patient perspective.
3. I have published specifically in the areas of population-based screening programs focusing on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and other associated risk factors for atherosclerosis and stroke.
4.Lung cancer and other oncologic diseases of the chest are the primary focus of my clinical practice and current research activity. I study and treat patients with these conditions on a daily basis as a surgeon, in the interventional pulmonology lab, and as part of the NCR’s multidisciplinary team focused on these problems in our population. I am actively involved all of the screening, diagnosis, treatment, quality, safety, outcomes, and survivorship programs with respect to these conditions both in the NCR and as a consultant across the medical system of the US Department of Defense . I am credentialed throughout the NCR and have access to all resources relevant to thoracic oncology in the area. 5. In my capacity of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University, the US national military medical school, I annually direct a six week course in military medicine and translational research for each rising graduating class