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Walter Reed Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgeons Designated as Master Clinicians

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The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda cares for the nation’s most critically wounded service members, their families and veterans.  Collocated on the campus is the Nation’s Military Medical School (USU).

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland honored their inaugural class of Master Clinicians in a recognition ceremony held May 28, 2015.  The designated Master Clinicians represent the top four percent of clinicians at Walter Reed Bethesda and were selected based on clinical productivity and patient care, contributions to research and the impact of their teaching and/or mentoring on other clinicians.  The clinicians selected have the exceptional knowledge, superior teaching and communication skills, and an ability to provide compassionate, appropriate, effective and high quality patient care. The Master Clinician is an honored bestowed on those clinicians who have excelled in providing quality patient care, research, education and service. 

Three DO military orthopedic surgeons were among those recognized for their accomplishments, dedication and initiative as clinicians at the President’s Hospital:

LTC Derek Ipsen, DO, MC, USA is a 1999 graduate of the University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and hails from Malad, ID. Derek currently serves as the interim program director for the Walter Reed Hand Fellowship and is the Chief of the Orthopedic Hand Service.  He completed his Orthopedic residency training at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI and completed his fellowship in hand surgery at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 

Drs. Grabill, Ipsen and Fleming
Master Clinician designees (Left to right): Scott Grabill, DO; Derek Ipsen, DO; and Mark E. Fleming, DO, FAOAO

CDR(s) Scott Grabill, DO, MC, USN  is a 2003 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is from Langford, PA.  He is the Chief of the Total Joint Arthroplasty Service.  He completed his residency in orthopedics at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA and completed his adult reconstruction fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

CAPT(S) Mark E. Fleming, DO, FAOAO, MC, USN is from Silver Spring, MD and is a 1999 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his residency training at the former Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Michigan and his fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Minnesota. He previously served as the director of the orthopedic trauma service at Walter Reed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and currently serves as the Deputy Director for Surgery.

Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, Dean of the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, a guest speaker for the ceremony, shared lessons that he learned from his attending physician early in his career that were relevant to the medical center honorees. 

“Through your actions as well as your words, you set an example for your fellow physicians and other Walter Reed Bethesda health care professionals.  Even more important, from my perspective, you are a role model for my medical students, as well as the HPSP* students who come to Walter Reed Bethesda from all over the country.  But most important of all, you are a source of comfort, confidence and healing for your patients and those who love them, and because you provide a daily example of clinical mastery for your medical students, residents and fellows to emulate, you will indirectly help every patient they ever touch, too.  That is the heart of what it means to be a doctor and a teacher,” said Kellermann.

The orthopedic surgery department at Walter Reed consists of 25 fellowship trained staff orthopedic surgeons and trains 36 residents.  The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), formerly known as the National Naval Medical Center is now a tri-service military medical center located in Bethesda, MD. It is the most prominent military medical center in the United States and serves as the President’s Hospital.

*HPSP is the military health professions scholarship program.  It is a department of defense program that covers medical school expenses for students that attend civilian medical schools such as the Michigan State University College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Three quarters of military doctors receive their training through the HPSP Program and almost a quarter are DOs.

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