Col. Robert E. Suter, D.O.’89, M.H.A.’89, in October received the Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, the 2016 Surgeon General’s Award for Military Academic Excellence. He was chosen from a select group of senior Medical Corps officers who, according to the U.S. Army, “collectively represent the epitome of achievement in military academic medicine.” The award is named after one of the first West Point graduates allowed to attend medical school who went on to complete 34 years of active military service, including as commanding general of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Suter has long been committed to and involved in emergency services and operational military medicine. He deployed in September 2016 to serve as commander of the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) Forward Operational Command Post at Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar. He’s since traveled to Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Dubai, Afghanistan and other countries in U.S. Central Command. His travel includes educational exchanges and visits with his troops, who include every variety of health care provider and all supporting personnel.
Suter also serves as consultant to the surgeon general for emergency medicine and professor of military and emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University.