Contact Information

Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery

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

Mission and Vision


The Department of Surgery supports the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Mission as the Nations Federal Health Sciences University which is committed to excellence in Medicine and Public Health during Peace and War. As the nexus of surgery within the Department of Defense we provide the Nation with physicians and surgeons dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and also with scientists who serve the common good. 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, and mass casualty situation, and the logistics of surgical care.


The pillars of our department are education, research and clinical care. As such we exist to provide the best basic surgical training to medical students destined to become Uniformed Services physicians as they learn to care for those who go in harm's way as well as support surgical training programs and faculty development within the Military Health System. As a cornerstone of excellence we have developed a surgical research effort that focuses on combat casualty care, surgical oncology, education based investigations and orthopedic challenges. This effort is truly translational research from the battlefield to the bedside, which is designed to benefit both the wounded warfighter and civilian counterpart. When coupled with the outstanding clinical care provided by our faculty, the Department of Surgery is among the most dynamic academic departments within the larger surgical community.