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Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award (Established 2018)

The second Recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award will be CAPT. USN(Ret) Frank K. Butler, Jr., MD, FAAO, FUHM of Pensacola, Florida. CAPT. Butler will receive this Award during the 2020 Convocation ceremony during the annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, Illinois. His nomination was submitted by Dr. Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., in December 2017. This Award is in recognition of CAPT. Butler’s outstanding contributions to the field of surgery while in military service. Before his retirement from the Navy, he was Director of the Prehospital Care Branch of the Joint Trauma System in the Department of Defense Center of Excellence for Trauma, where he introduced in 1996 the concept of Tactical Combat Casualty Care and  founded the U.S. Department of Defense Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee, which is still in use and serves as a guideline for battlefield surgical management. This concept was adopted by U.S. Special Operations Command; Navy Sea, Air, and Land Teams; Army Rangers; and Air Force Para Rescue. This innovation has saved thousands of lives and is now being followed by U.S. and international civilian readiness teams. His forward-thinking and call to action related to training and the equipping every U.S. soldier on the battlefield with a personal medical kit for immediate use has been ground-breaking and it has now been adopted by the civilian sector helping to redefine the delivery of trauma care, thus reducing the delivery time of medical aid administered to critically injured patients. This accomplishment was the cornerstone of the College’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense. As a founding member of the Hartford Consensus, CAPT Butler’s extensive knowledge base and contributions to the literature have fostered implementation of this project both in the U.S. and abroad. The Consensus has further benefited from the inspiring and passionate presentations given by CAPT Butler.  

The Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award was established by the Board of Regents’ Honors Committee in 2018 to recognize a physician’s distinguished contributions to the advancement of military surgery. Recipients for this Award must be a physician with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of military surgical care but are not required to be in an active medical practice. The Award will be presented during the annual Clinical Congress when suitable candidates are identified and selected. It is not mandated that this Award be presented on an annual basis, but rather on merit. The Honors Committee will receive input from the ACS Military Health System Strategic Partnership (MHSSPAC), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Department of Defense, the College’s Committee on Trauma, and the entire ACS membership when selecting a recipient.

The first recipient of this was award was Colonel (ret.) Norman M. Rich, MD, DMCC, MC, FACS, founding Chairman of the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences’ Department of Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland and Professor Emeritus of Surgery. Before retirement, he was the USUHS Leonard Heaton and David Packard Professor. Additionally, there is currently one new candidate under consideration for the Award.