E. Matthew Ritter


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Vice Chairman, Education ; Program Director - General Surgery Residency; Program Director Education/Simulation Fellowship
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery, Complex Hernia Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Splenic and Adrenal surgery
Research: Assessment and Training through simulation; Graduate medical education
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University of Illinois - Chicago, School of Medicine - Department of Medical Education, Chicago, Illinois 2013 - present, Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) Candidate

Emory Endosurgery Unit Atlanta, Georgia July 2003- June 2004 Clinical Fellowship,l Minimally Invasive and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery

Emory Endosurgery Unit, Atlanta, Georgia July 2002-June 2003 Research Fellowship Minimally Invasive Surgery,Simulation, Training and Robotics

David Grant Medical Center / University of California, Davis SOM, Travis Air Force Base California, July 1998-June 2002, General Surgery Residency

David Grant Medical Center / University of California, Davis SOM, Travis Air Force Base California, July 1997-June 1998, General Surgery Internship

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine Bethesda, Maryland 1993-1997 Doctor of Medicine

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 1989-1993, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


Dr. Ritter graduated from US Air Force Academy (1993), and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1997). He completed a general surgery residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA (2002), and a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta (2004). He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His research focuses on applying simulation solutions to surgical education, and he is an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery(APDS), the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) where he is a member and leader of multiple education based committees. He is now a Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman for Education in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency program and the ACS-AEI Accredited Surgical Education Fellowship. Dr. Ritter has deployed multiple times in direct support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and his stateside clinical practice focuses on advanced laparoscopic, gastrointestinal, and hernia surgery.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

1st Annual Teaching With Technology Award. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Education Day. Bethesda, Maryland, June 2017

First Place, Clinical Research, Faculty division, Navy-wide Clinical and Basic Science Research Competition, Norfolk, Virginia, May 2017

Robert A. Phillips Award for Faculty Research, 9th Annual National Capital Region Research Competition, Bethesda, Maryland May 2017

COL Craig D. Shriver Award for Operative Teaching Excellence, USU/Walter Reed Department of Surgery, Bethesda, Maryland, Academic Year 2014 - 2015.

Vice Chair, Unified Standards Committee, The Fellowship Council. March 2017 – present.

Member, Board of Governors, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) April 2016 – presen

Chair, Curriculum Task Force, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) April 2017 – present

Co-Chair, Military Health System / American College of Surgeons Strategic Partnership Committee on Education, August 2015 – present


Franklin BR, Placek SB, Gardner AK, Korndorffer JR Jr, Wagner MD, Pearl JP, Ritter EM. Preparing for the American Board of Surgery Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum: Development of Multi-institutional Proficiency-based Training Standards and Pilot Testing of a Simulation-based Mastery Learning Curriculum for the Endoscopy Training System. Am J Surg, 2017 Sept 20 doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.09.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Ritter EM, Taylor ZA, Wolf KR, Franklin BR, Placek SB, Korndorffer JR Jr, Gardner AK. Simulation-based mastery learning for endoscopy using the endoscopy training system: a strategy to improve endoscopic skills and prepare for the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery (FES) manual skills exam. Surg Endosc. 2017 Jul 11. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5697-4.

Lineberry M. Ritter EM Psychometric properties of the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) skills examination. Surg Endosc. 2017 May 10. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5590-1.

Aggarwal R, Brown KM, de Groen PC, Gallagher AG, Henriksen K, Kavoussi LR, Peng GCY, Ritter EM, Silverman E, Wang KK, Andersen D. Simulation Research in Gastrointestinal and Urologic Care-Challenges and Opportunities: Summary of a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Workshop. Ann Surg. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002228. [Epub ahead of print]

Franklin BR, Placek SB, Wagner MD, Haviland SM, ODonnell MT, Ritter EM. Cost Comparison of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Training Completed with Standard Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Equipment versus Low-Cost Equipment. Journal of Surgical Education. 2016 December

Placek SB, Franklin BR, Haviland SM, Wagner MD, O’Donnell MT, Cryer CT, Trinca KD, Silverman E, Ritter EM Outcomes of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) mastery training standards applied to an ergonomically different, lower cost platform. Surgical Endoscopy. 2016 Online 12 Oct 2016.

Okrainec A, Vassiliou M, Jimenez MC, Henao O, Kaneva P, Ritter EM. Remote FLS Testing in the Real World: Ready for “Prime Time”. Surgical Endoscopy 2016 July 30(7); 2697 – 2702.

Gardner AK, Ritter EM, Paige JT, Ahmed RA, Fernandez G, Dunkin BJ. Simulation-Based Selection of Surgical Trainees: Considerations, Challenges, and Opportunities. J Am Col Surg, 2016 SEP 223(3); 530 – 536.

Thinggaard E, Kleif J, Bjerrum F, Strandbygaard J, Goegenur I, Ritter EM, Konge L. Off-Site Training of Laparoscopic Skills. A SCOPING Review Using a Thematic Analysis. Surgical Endoscopy. 2016 November 30(11); 4733 - 4741

Yudkowsky R, Park YS, Lineberry M, Knox A, Ritter EM Setting Mastery Learning Standards. Academic Medicine, 2015 90(11); 1495-1500.