The Department of Surgery is a global leader in military surgical practice, education, and research. We are committed to excellence in surgery and global health during peace and war and foster a worldwide perspective for complex surgical care, translational research, and medical education. As the nexus of surgery within the Military Health System, we are the preeminent military academic surgical department providing the nation with physicians and surgeons dedicated to careers of service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service. We serve the uniformed services and the nation as the preeminent academic center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, and operational support in surgery, disaster medicine, mass casualty situations, and the logistics of surgical care.


Complex Surgical Care: Treat the full spectrum of surgical diseases utilizing skills obtained from combat experience.

Translational Research: Capitalize on research and Military Medical Advancements to deliver cutting edge care.

Medical Education: Prepare medical school and residency graduates to become leaders in Military and Academic Medicine, prepared for conflict, with a lifelong commitment to learning, teaching, and mentorship.


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