Role of the battalion surgeon in the Iraq and Afghanistan war

Fouad J. Moawad, Ramey Wilson, Mathew T. Kunar, Joshua D. Hartzell

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The battalion surgeon is an invaluable asset to a deploying unit. The primary role of a battalion surgeon is to provide basic primary care medicine and combat resuscitation. Other expectations include health care screening, vaccinations, supervision of medics, and being a medical advisor to the unit's commander. As many physicians who fill this role previously worked at medical treatment facilities or medical centers without prior deployment experience, the objective of this article is to highlight some of the challenges a battalion surgeon may encounter before, during, and following deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-416
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


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