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Colonel Benjamin “Kyle” Potter, MD, FACS, currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Surgery. As such, he oversees a vast education, training and research portfolio, including the University's Surgical, Critical Care Initiative, the Murtha Cancer Center Research Program, and the Center for Prostate Disease Research. Prior to his selection as chair, COL Potter served as the Director of Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. COL Potter was hand selected to serve as the Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General in March of 2019. He also served as the Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Amputee Program at Walter Reed, and a musculoskeletal oncology consultant at Walter Reed as well as the National Institutes of Health. COL Potter deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and again in 2016, serving as the Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon of the Task Force 115 Combat Support Hospital (Role III) at Camp Dwyer, Helmand Province and subsequently with the 936th and 629th Forward Surgical Teams at FOB Fenty, Jalalabad Airfield, Nangarhar Province. In 2020, he deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait as the Senior Theater Orthopaedic Surgeon embedded with the 411th Hospital Center.

COL Potter is the 2018 past President of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has authored or co-authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous invited manuscripts and book chapters. Dr. Potter co-edited the 4th edition of the Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies for the AAOS and is currently at work on the 5th edition, and serves as a Deputy Editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Finally, he serves on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SCIMAC) for the Amputee Coalition. He is a member/fellow of the American Surgical Association, the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. His research interests include trauma-related amputation techniques and outcomes (including osseointegration and targeted muscle reinnervation), combat-related heterotopic ossification, and predictive modeling of musculoskeletal trauma and oncologic outcomes. COL Potter is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

Fellowship - Musculoskeletal Oncology, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Aug 2007Jul 2008

Residency - Orthopaedic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Jul 2002Jun 2007

Internship - Orthopaedic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Jul 2001Jun 2002

Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York - 1997

Doctor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois - 2001


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