U.S. ARMY INSTITUTE OF SURGICAL RESEARCH
"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"
Maj. Stuart Tyner and Col. (Dr.) Anthony Johnson accept the Major Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence during a ceremony Oct. 23 in Bethesda, Md. Photo by Kacie Peteson.

Maj. Stuart Tyner and Col. (Dr.) Anthony Johnson accept the Major Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence during a ceremony Oct. 23 in Bethesda, Md. Photo by Kacie Peterson.

ISR wins Major Jonathan Letterman Award

By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
10 JAN 2014


The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) was selected as the winner of the 7th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence presented by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine Oct.23 at Bethesda, Md. The award is named after Maj. Letterman who is known as “the Father of battlefield medicine.” According to the museum website, the annual award recognizes an individual and an organization for leading innovative efforts in civilian emergency care, combat casualty care, prosthetic technology, improving outcomes for patients with catastrophic injuries or leveraging today’s cutting medical technology to develop new ways to assist military service members or civilians who have suffered severe disfiguring wounds.

“This award is a direct result of the remarkable staff at this Institute and the significant contributions made every day to optimizing combat casualty care,” said Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt, ISR Commander. “Our Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Brian Lein congratulates us for winning this award calling it ‘a phenomenal recognition of the sacrifices and work done.’”

Representing the ISR at the award ceremony were Col. (Dr.) Anthony Johnson, Research Task Manager for Ocular Trauma; Acting Director of Combat Casualty Care Research Directorate, Maj. Stuart Tyner; and former Director of Combat Casualty Care Research Directorate, David G. Baer, Ph.D.

“I was honored to represent the Institute at the awards ceremony,” said Tyner. “The men and women of this organization have done more than anyone else to advance the care of combat wounded. I am humbled to be a small part of the ISR and privileged to have to opportunity to advocate for the impact the ISR has had on advancing battlefield trauma care.”

The other organizational nominees were: Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine; Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Warrior Rehabilitation Team.