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Excelsior Surgical Society Committees Bios

Program Committee

Colonel Todd Rasmussen, MD, USAF
Colonel Todd Rasmussen completed his medical degree at Mayo Medical School, surgical training at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, and vascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Colonel Rasmussen deployed several times to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, served as deputy commander of the Army’s Institute of Surgical Research and directed the DoD Combat Casualty Care Research Program. His academic efforts have resulted in more than 300 publications and 12,000 citations. Colonel Rasmussen is professor of surgery and associate dean for research at the Uniformed Services University and an attending surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt is the chief of surgery at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY. She completed her residency in general surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. She was commissioned in the U.S. Army Medical Corps through the Health Services Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Reserve Officer Training Corps while attending Harvard University.

Her previous positions include division chief of general surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while assigned to the Uniformed Services University. She has served as the general surgery consultant to the White House Medical Evaluation and Treatment Team. Prior to that, she was the chief of the general surgery service at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Her first duty assignment was as the chief of the general surgery clinic at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, AK.

Membership Committee

Lieutenant Colonel Jamison S. Nielsen, DO, MBA, MRC, FACS, FAWM, LTC, MC, US Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Jamison Nielsen is the chief, surgical services of the 396th Combat Support Hospital, Vancouver, WA.  He completed residency at Tripler AMC and fellowship in trauma/critical care surgery at OHSU. He completed a burn preceptorship at the USAISR. He deployed separately with the 67th FST ABN and the 2nd FST (both to Afghanistan). He led a White House surgical support mission to Tanzania. As a reservist he mobilized to Honduras. He is a trauma and acute care surgeon with the Tacoma Trauma Trust, Tacoma, WA.

Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt is the chief of surgery at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY. She completed her residency in general surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. She was commissioned in the U.S. Army Medical Corps through the Health Services Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Reserve Officer Training Corps while attending Harvard University.

Her previous positions include division chief of general surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while assigned to the Uniformed Services University. She has served as the general surgery consultant to the White House Medical Evaluation and Treatment Team. Prior to that, she was the chief of the general surgery service at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Her first duty assignment was as the chief of the general surgery clinic at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, AK.

Mentorship Committee

Lieutenant Colonel Sue Gillern – No bio available

Major Maggie Gallagher, MD, US Army
Dr Gallagher is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin.  After completing her undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point she received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.  She completed her general surgery residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.  She then completed her pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.  She is board certified in general and pediatric surgery and is currently a pediatric surgeon at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Major Michelle Buehner, MD, USAF
Major Michelle Buehner is currently a general surgeon at the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.  She was born and raised in Houston, TX.  She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008 with a degree in Biochemistry. After this, she went to medical school at Georgetown University which was completed in 2012.

Her general surgery residency (from 2012-2018) was accomplished at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Once residency was finished, she went to be a general surgeon and Medical Director at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea from 2018-2019. Now, she is a general surgeon back at the U.S. Air Force Academy and also works at Fort Carson with her Army colleagues.

Major Chonna Kendrick, MD, US Army
Major Chonna L. (Larry) Kendrick is a general surgeon at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, KY.  She was born and raised in Little Rock, AR.  She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2006 and went on to medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where she completed her medical doctorate degree in 2010. She was commissioned as a Captain in 2010 and went on to complete her general surgery residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 2016, she was promoted to Major and assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, KY. She currently serves the chief of the department of general surgery.  She is married to her husband, Joseph, and with two children, Kaiya and James. 

Outreach Committee

Lieutenant Commander Pam Choi, MD, USN
Lieutenant Commander Choi grew up in New Jersey. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed surgical training at Washington University in St Louis. She served as Ship Surgeon on the USS HARRY S TRUMAN, and then underwent Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She is now a pediatric surgeon at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Lieutenant Commander  Luke Johnston, MD, USN
Lieutenant Commander Johnston was raised in a navy medicine family and joined the Navy through the HPSP program attending Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He completed his general surgery residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Currently, he serves as the department head for general surgery at the US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain.

Research Committee

Commander  Matt Bradley, MD, USN
Commander Bradley received his Doctor of Medicine from Temple University, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). He completed his fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD. He has been assigned as the Ship’s Surgeon on board the George HW Bush, CVN 77 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, deployed as the Chief of Trauma at the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and deployed on the USNS Comfort in support of Hurricane Maria relief and Continuing Promise. He previously served as department head for regenerative medicine at the Naval Medical Research Center. Commander Bradley is an associate professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University, currently the program director of the General Surgery Residency at WRNMMC and continues to work as staff trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Major Jason Bingham, MD, US Army
Dr. Bingham is a general and bariatric surgeon at Madigan Army Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). He obtained an undergraduate degree in anthropology from New York University and his Medical Degree from USUHS. Dr. Bingham is the director of Madigan's Surgical Research Department with a focus on expeditionary surgery.