Danielle B Holt


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Associate Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
General Surgery
Surgical Readiness
Office Phone


A. B., Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1997-2001
M.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2001-2005
Internship, General Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, 2005-2006
Residency, General Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, 2006-2011
Master of Strategic Studies, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA, 2019-2021


Dr. Danielle B. Holt is originally from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Harvard University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. Colonel Holt completed the Health Professions Scholarship Program and earned her Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University in 2005. From 2005 to 2011, she completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.

Colonel Holt is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University. Her previous positions include Deputy Chief, Department of Surgery at WRNMMC, from 2022-2023 and Chief, Department of Surgery at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY, from 2019-2021. She has also served as the Division Chief of General Surgery, WRNMMC, with assignment at USU from 2017-2019 and again in 2021. From 2014 to 2017, she was stationed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, and served as the Chief of the General Surgery Service. Her first duty station was as the Chief of the General Surgery Clinic at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, AK. She is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Army Medical Department (AMEDD) “A” Proficiency Designator, 2020

Order of the Military Medical Merit (O2M3), 2020

Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons, Excelsior Surgical Society, President 2021-2022, Vice President 2020-2021, Treasurer 2019-2020, Secretary 2018-2019

Teaching Staff of the Year, William Beaumont Army Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program, 2017

Dr. Michael Yancey Award for Outstanding Teaching Resident, Tripler Army Medical Center, 2011

Council for Female Physician Recruitment and Retention, 2018-present

Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 14th Combat Support Hospital, Afghanistan, 2012-2013


Holt D, Propper B, Elster E. Invited Commentary: Balancing Military Surgeon Readiness and Healthcare Delivery. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 Aug 1;237(2):228-230.

Remondelli MH, Remick KN, Shackelford SA, Gurney JM, Pamplin JC, Polk TM, Potter BK, Holt DB. Casualty Care Implications of Large-Scale Combat Operations. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Jul 11.

Holt D, Davis S. Interrupting Bias in Army Talent Management. The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters. 2022; 52(1): 21-40. https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters/vol52/iss1/4/

Holt DB, Hueman, MT, Jaffin, J, Sanchez, M, Hamilton, MA, Mabry, CD, Bailey, JA, Elster, EA. Clinical Readiness Program: Refocusing the Military Health System, Military Medicine, Volume 186, Issue Supplement_1, January-February 2021, Pages 32–39. 1.

Holt D, Copeland A, Knudson MM, Elster E. Commentary to Military Medicine and the Academic Surgery Gender Gap. Mil Med. 2019 Jun 26.

Halgas B, Viera J, Dilday J, Bader J, Holt D. Femoral Hernias: Analysis of Preoperative Risk Factors and 30-Day Outcomes of Initial Groin Hernias Using ACS-NSQIP. Am Surg. 2018 Sep 1;84(9):1455-1461.

Plackett TP, Brockmeyer JR, Holt DB, Rush RM, Sarkar J, Satterly SA, Seery JM, Zagol BR. Achieving Mastery of General Surgery Operative Skill in the Army Healthcare System. Mil Med. 2018 Sep 12.

Muir KB, Smoot CP, Viera JL, Sirkin MR, Yoon B, Bader J, Smiley R, Holt D, Hofmann LJ. Determination of Proper Timing for the Placement of Intra-Abdominal Mesh after Incidental Enterotomy in a Rodent Model (Rattus norvegicus). Am Surg. 2018 Apr 1;84(4):593-598.

Holt, DB, Delaney, RR, Uyehara, CFT. Effects of Combination Dobutamine and Vasopressin Therapy on Microcirculatory Blood Flow in a Porcine Model of Severe Endotoxic Shock. Journal of Surgical Research. 2011 Nov; 171(1): 191-8.