MD, MHPE, CPE
Colonel, Air Force
Department of Primary Appointment:Email
School of Medicine
Deputy Chair, Department of Surgery
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MDResearch Interests:
Ethics, Surgical Educaiton, DEI, Plastic Surgery
BiographyCOLONEL (DR.) KERRY P. LATHAM
Colonel (Dr.) Kerry Latham is the Deputy Chair of the Department of Surgery at USUHS, her alma mater. She is committed to service, education and student and faculty development. She is the Plastic Surgery Consultant to the AF/SG and serves as the Chair of the Surgical Services Clinical Communities for DHA medical affairs. She previously served as the 316th and11th Surgical Operations Squadron Commander, Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. She oversaw 200 active duty and civilian doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators to deliver safe, timely, and effective health care while accomplishing the readiness mission. The service lines include Ambulatory Surgery Center services, Radiology, ENT, Orthopedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, Podiatry, Ophthalmology, Warrior Refractive Surgery, and Women’s Health.
Colonel Latham entered the Air Force through Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1996 after graduating Princeton University. She is a national speaker and educator on trauma and has authored more than 20 peer review journals, and a book chapter. She is active in global health engagement and has participated in 19 missions, leading 5 of them in both military and civilian organizations. She pioneered and directs the Plastic Surgery Visiting Surgeon Program, overseeing 50 missions with $8M recaptured. She is a dedicated teacher and academic mentor and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at USU department of Surgery. She had developed and sustained several critical Training Affiliation Agreements to sustain trauma readiness and is faculty on the facial trauma and reconstruction team at University of Maryland Baltimore Shock Trauma. Additionally, Col Latham created the Expeditionary Craniofacial Trauma Course for multidisciplinary surgeons.
1996 Bachelor of Arts Psychiatry, Princeton University, NJ.
2000 Medical Doctor USUHS, Bethesda, MD.
2000 General Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, TX.
2005 Plastic Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fl.
2010 Craniofacial Fellow, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.
2015 Air War College via Correspondence
2020 Masters of Health Professions Education, USU, Bethesda, MD.
2021 Certified Physician Executive
1. July 2000 – 2005 Wilford Hall General Surgery Resident, Lackland AFB, TX
2. July 2005 – 2007 Jackson Memorial Hospital Plastic Surgery Residency, Miami, FL
3. July 2007 – June 2010 Flight Commander Surgical Subspecialties, Plastic Surgeon, Keesler AFB, MS
4. July 2010 – June 2011 AFIT Craniofacial Fellow, Seattle WA
5. July 2011 – May 2019 Director of Craniofacial Surgery WRNMMC, NMCP, and DME JBA, MD
6. May 2019 – June 2021 316th/ 11th Surgical Operations Squadron Commander, JBA
7. June 2021- present - Deputy Chair USUHS DOS
Rating: Flight Surgeon, CCATT
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Joint Service Achievement Award (2)
2006, 2016 American Board of Surgery
2008, 2018 American Board of Plastic Surgery
2021 Certified Physician Executive
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 2012