Contact Information


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3155
Fax: (301) 295-3627

Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS
Professor and Chairman

Frederick C. Lough, MD, FACS
Deputy Chair



In accordance with the Department of Surgery Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principals we will take the following steps:

  1. Coordinate and administer elective clerkship programs and cooperate with other departments in combined programs.
  2. Define and continuously update military unique aspects of surgery through curricular development and publications.
  3. Continuously improve ability of the Department of Surgery to carry out its mission:
    • Develop an outstanding faculty by creating endowed chairs to include Ronald W. Reagan Chair in Surgery.
    • Monitor, evaluate and improve teaching technique.
    • Develop and teach new surgical concepts.
    • Work with other Departments of USUHS in teaching, research and administration.
    • Serve on University Committees.
    • Administer infrastructure:
      • Continuous quality improvement.
      • Fiscal Responsibility/Develop foundation support through the USU Surgical Associates to include the Ben Eiseman Professorship Fund and the Leonard D. Heaton Fund for Surgical Excellence in the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
  4. Support Mission of USUHS by enhancing image of military surgery through participation in professional societies and publications.
    • Improve academic credibility for military surgery
    • Research to include medical students and resident participation.
    • Publish original research and review manuscripts as well as monographs and books on surgicla topics.
    • Distinguished Professors Program and Visiting Board.
    • Conduct academic programs/including the USUHS Surgical Associates Day, Surgery for Trauma Day and Surgical Specialties Day.
    • International exchanges/International Scholars Program/International Surgical Day.
    • Maintain national and international surgical liaison.
    • Provide surgical leadership at national and international meetings.
    • Nominate and support military surgeons for society memberships.
    • Monitor and assist faculty with academic advancement.
  5. Support mission of USUHS by supporting military surgeons in their teaching and patient care activities.
    • Assist Program Directors in Accreditation Process
    • Contribute to Military Residency Programs
    • Contribute to planning for Fellowship Programs
    • Participate in Continuing Medical Education for Surgeons
    • Surgical Consultation and Clinic Participation
    • Assist in career planning and development in military surgery
    • Develop innovative programs for surgeons in peace and war
    • Identify new technology and develop appropriate support activities and support Simulation Center training
    • Develop programs for Reserve surgeons.
  6. Support mission of USUHS by sharing a VISION of military surgical excellence with students.
    • Develop and publish Military Surgical Heritage.
    • Provide institutional memory for military surgery.
    • Stimulate students at appreciate career opportunities for service as a military surgeon.
    • Maintain communication with USU graduates committed to a career in military surgery.



  1. Teach students basic surgery using dynamic techniques by a professional staff dedicated to service as a military or Public Health Service medical officer.
  2. The totality of this continuing improving program will result in improved recruitment and retention of military surgeons, and more importantly, contribute to excellence in surgical care to military families in support of our Nation.