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Executive Officers

The following surgeons are the elected officers of the new Excelsior Surgical Society:

President

Colonel Todd Rasmussen, MD, FACS, MC, USAF

Colonel Todd Rasmussen, MD, FACS, MC, USAF 

Col (Dr) Rasmussen has had a 27-year career as a military vascular surgeon and currently professor of surgery and attending vascular surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Nationals Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda. Dr. Rasmussen has held numerous leadership roles in military medicine and deployed multiple times during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Dr. Rasmussen will be retiring from military service in the spring of 2021 and joining the surgical staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Vice-President (President Elect)

Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, FACS, MC, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, FACS, MC, 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.

Secretary

Colonel Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, FACS, MC, USAF

Colonel Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, FACS, MC, USAF 

Colonel Cannon is the trauma program medical director and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, PA. He is an active reservist currently assigned to Health Affairs in Falls Church, VA. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Harvard Medical School and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 2008 and an active member of the Excelsior Surgical Society since 2016.

Treasurer

Major Mary T. O’Donnell, MD, FACS, FASCRS, MC, US Army

Major Mary T. O’Donnell, MD, FACS, FASCRS, MC, US Army 

Major Mary Teresa M. O’Donnell is an associate program director of the National Capital Consortium General Surgery Residency, and chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medial Center (WRNMMC). She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Uniformed Services University. She completed her residency in general surgery at WRNMMC and fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at University of Pennsylvania.

Major O’Donnell has a special interest in surgical simulation and education, completing the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Fellowship in 2014. She has deployed with the 772nd Forward Surgical Team to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, and to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of the 86th Combat Support Hospital. She is also an assistant professor of surgery at USUHS.

Councilperson at Large, U.S. Army

Colonel Jennifer Gurney, MD, FACS, MC, US Army

Colonel Jennifer Gurney, MD, FACS, MC, US Army 

No bio available

USN Councilperson at Large

Matthew J. Bradley, MD, MS, FACS, CDR, MC, USN

Matthew J. Bradley, MD, MS, FACS, CDR, MC, 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 the 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.

Councilperson at Large, Reserve/National Guard

Commander Jacob Glaser, MD, FACS, USNR

Commander Jacob Glaser, MD, FACS, USNR

Bio to come

Councilperson at Large, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Zakaluzny, MD, FACS, USAF

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Zakaluzny, MD, FACS, USAF

Lieutenant Colonel Zakaluzny received his doctorate of medicine from F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, USUHS. He completed his residency at Wright State University. He completed his fellowship at LA County+USC.

He is stationed at Travis AFB, CA, where he is a clinical assistant professor of surgery embedded at UC Davis Medical Center as part of a long-standing civilian-military partnership and residency training program. He is an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Service University. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice, serving as both the Trauma Czar and DCCS at Bagram. 

Councilperson at Large, Civilian

Maggie Brandt, MD, MHSA, FACS, FCCM, COL, MC, Army Reserve, retired

Maggie Brandt, MD, MHSA, FACS, FCCM, COL, MC, Army Reserve, retired 

Mary-Margaret (Maggie) Brandt, MD, MHSA, is an associate professor of surgery at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. She received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her residency training in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals in Albuquerque, NM, in 1996 and completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Rochester in 1997. Dr. Brandt is board certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Neuro-Critical Care.

In 2019, she moved to Oklahoma City to start a new burn center at OUHSC, the Level I Trauma Center for the state of Oklahoma. Prior to moving to Oklahoma, she was the director of Surgical Critical Care at Beaumont Hospital-Trenton, in Trenton Michigan. From 2010 to 2017, she was the trauma medical director at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2016, she led that organization through verification to become an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I trauma center.

In 2015, Dr. Brandt completed her Masters in Health Service Administration (MHSA) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Brandt is an instructor and course director of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) provider and instructor courses. She is on the National Faculty for ATLS and is a Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma Committee on Trauma. She is the immediate past Chair of the Michigan Committee on Trauma (MICOT).

Dr. Brandt retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps as a Colonel in 2013. Her last assignment was as a surgical intensivist at the Institute of Surgical Research (USA-ISR) at Fort Sam Houston. In her role as a burn specialist, she served as the Theater Burn Consultant with the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) in Baghdad in 2007. She also deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 with the 452nd CSH in Bagram and in 2011 with the 352nd CSH at FOB Salerno as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services (DCCS).