SMCAF Newsletter
May 2006


Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
2540 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22207


Harold Koenig, M.D.
4933 Marlborough Drive
San Diego, CA 92116


A. Mason Ahearn, M.D.
752 Collins Meadow Drive
Georgetown, SC 29440
FAX 843-546-2783


Margo Cabrero
5 Southern Way
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
FAX 540-361-2589

U.S. Army Host’s 61st Annual Meeting

October 20-22, 2006



The Council will meet on Friday, October 20, 2006 at USUHS in the Board of Regents Room.

The conference will be held all day Saturday and half day on Sunday.  We have applied for CME Credit hours for the one and a half days of attendance.

Committees will meet on Saturday afternoon during the scheduled lunch break. Box lunches will be provided for these breakout sessions.

 Saturday night there will be a banquet, mess dress or black tie, where spouses and guests are invited.


 More details on the conference, registration and hotel reservations may be found in this newsletter. 

SMCAF Newsletter
May 2006

From the President

             Military medicine is undergoing profound change at a time when the operational demands are greater than they have been since the Vietnam conflict.

             The relatively small size of the force puts heavy rotational demands on many specialties,  primarily but not exclusively surgical teams, as well as the routine use of the reserve components including the National Guard.  The extensive use of improvised explosive devices coupled with    improved body armor results in casualties with multiple extremity wounds frequently associated with facial injury.  The rapid evacuation from the site of life saving surgery through the jointly staffed facility in Landstuhl, Germany and on to major medical centers in the United States requires intensive care capability at all sites as well as during the transportation of patients.  Prosthetic and rehabilitation teams have challenges never before encountered.  The goal of “seamless” transition to Veteran’s Administration care and the use of civilian providers in communities without federal facilities presents administrative burdens.  Military medicine is performing magnificently in all areas, however the prolonged stress on care providers along this continuum is taking its toll on them and their families, and negatively affecting both retention and recruitment.

As military medicine faces the future it needs to cope with transformation of the force    structures of the services and their medical components necessitated by The Global War on Terrorism for which there are no reliable estimates of  completion. The experiences in the aftermath of Katrina will likely presage the early and extensive use of military forces including medical units in any future domestic catastrophes. The ageing retired community  and the increase in care entitlements of the reserve components and their families contribute to increased demand for health care services and concomitant costs.

I am astonished that in planning for this future, actual decreases in medical force structure are being implemented.  The Society has not been asked for its opinion, but we need to provide it.

Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Major General, USA (Ret)
President, SMCAF


2005-2006 Council
President: Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Vice President: Harold M. Koenig, M.D.
Secretary Treasurer: A. Mason Ahearn, M.D.
Michael S. Clarke, M.D.
Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Larry W. Laughlin, M.D.
Fred A. Cecere, M.D.
Enrique Mendez, Jr., M.D. : Honorary Councilor
James A. Zimble, M.D.: Honorary Councilor
AMA Representative
Howard E. Fauver, M.D.
David M. Lichtman, M. D.
Committee Chairmen
John R. Pierce, M.D. Archives & Medical History
A. Herbert Alexander, M.D. Electronic Media & Communications
Edmund G. Howe, M.D. Ethical Issues in Military Medicine
Peter F. Hoffman, M.D. Legislative & Legal
Joel C. Labow, M.D. Medical Education
Kenneth G. Swan, M.D. Membership
George K. Anderson, M.D. Professional Services
A. Mason Ahearn, M.D. Recruitment & Retention

May 12, 2006

I had the honor today of attending the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, USUHS, Graduation Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2006.  The SMCAF award for the graduating student with the highest level of academic performance over all four years was awarded to 2LT, soon to be CPT,  Stephen Harper, USAR.  Steve had a perfect 4.0.  The award is a great looking plaque.  SMCAF was given the honor of the initial presentation, followed by several dozen others, to include the awards by the surgeons general for the uniformed services.  It was inspiring to see these talented and dedicated young physicians, soon to be.  We are planning a larger plaque to be mounted at the University listing all the previous awardees.

SMCAF first proposed a medical school for the uniformed forces in 1947 and it was decided by a former president of SMCAF, Louis M. Rousset, MD, while he was assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.  Representative F. Edward Hebert was assisted in the development of the legislation that funded the school by another Society president, Christopher Zarafonetis, MD.  I had the pleasure of being mentored by Doctor Zarafonetis during an early assignment to the Office of the Army Surgeon General where Chris served several weeks a year as a mobilization designee some 30 years after he participated in the Typhus Commission. 

Michael J. Scotti, Jr., MD 

SMCAF 61st Annual Meeting 2006 Draft Agenda: Subject to Change


Infectious Disease, with emphasis on the contributions of Military Medicine in this field.   Keynote will be by Major General Eric B. Schoomaker, USA, Commanding General, U. S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and Fort Detrick.  Presentations throughout the day will include the fields of:

Vaccine Development with emphasis on the loss of capacity in U. S. based pharmaceutical companies

Influenza: Past, Present and Future with coverage of the potential threat of Avian Flu

Emerging Diseases to include the emergence of resistant strains of long known diseases


Transformation  with emphasis on the effects of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process on Graduate Medical Education and health care delivery.

MG Patrick Brady, MSC, USA (Ret.), holder of the Medal of Honor, will discuss the movement of aeromedical evacuation responsibility from the Army Medical Department to the Army Aviation community.


Spousal Activities Report

Our immediate Past President, Dr. Peter Hoffman, has connected us to White House sources, which sound pretty good regarding a spouses’ White House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006.  Any spousal input would be greatly appreciated!



Dues Notice
Active Members
If you received a dues notice included in your newsletter, you are, according to SMCAF records an “Active Member”. Active members are physicians who served on active duty in one of the branches of the Uniformed Services of the United States and who have served as Medical Consultants to a component of the Uniformed Services. Physicians in the reserve      components who are consultants are also qualified for Active Membership.                                      

All active members are required to pay dues in the amount of $100 on a yearly basis.

If you have any questions in regard to your membership status, contact the Executive Director at

Annual Meeting Registration and Hotel Reservations

Registration for the annual meeting may be made by mail or on the SMCAF web site prior to the   meeting. Please use the registration form included in this newsletter or you may download one from the website at  On site registration will be available for those who were unable to pre-register.                                                               Meal choice for the banquet can not be guaranteed if you  register on site so if you plan to attend the banquet it is highly recommended that you pre-register.

The Society has reserved a block of room at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, located at One Bethesda Metro  Center,

Bethesda Maryland



Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave),
Bethesda,  Maryland

Tel: 301 657 1234    800-233-1234  Fax: 301 657 6453


AMA News

SMCAF has joined The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), the American Psychiatric Association (APA),  and the Southeast Coalition to endorse the candidacy of COL Emmanuel (Manoli) Cassimatis, MC, USA (Ret.), for a position on the American Medical Association  Board of Trustees.




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