Consolidating Military Medical Research to Propel Advances

United States

The Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (USU Walter Reed Surgery) began aggregating five centers and programs in a facility that also houses HJF’s Home Office in Bethesda, Maryland. The aggregation at a central location propels development of cutting-edge research and drives the development of solutions to advance critical and surgical care in public and private healthcare systems.


The centers and programs consolidated to the Leed-certified building include:

  • Center for Prostate Disease Research, a comprehensive research program established in 1992 to study prostate cancer and prostate disease, moved in 2018.
  • The Surgical Critical Care Initiative, develops biomarker-driven clinical decision support tools with the goal of improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs for the critically ill, moved in May 2019.
  • The Murtha Cancer Center Research Program, which offers comprehensive cancer care in all disciplines of cancer treatment, moved in July 2019.
  • Two additional programs will join the facilities during the second quarter of 2020.
    • The Battlefield Shock and Organ Support, which expands the capability of the larger DoD Combat Casualty Care Research Program
    • Osseointegration Programs, which is the first American osseointegration program in the field.

USU Walter Reed Surgery currently manages more than $225 million in life-cycle research funding, developing improvements in medical care with benefits to warfighters and civilian alike. Approximately 200 HJF employees are assigned to USU Walter Reed Surgery programs and these teammates support activities to advance precision medicine in surgical oncology, acute and trauma care and orthopedics.

“HJF is proud to work closely with such a dedicated group of researchers and support the commendable research into areas such as precision medicine, trauma care and much more,” said HJF President and CEO Joseph Caravalho, M.D. “The close proximity to our Home Office will enable HJF to provide even greater support.” 

The move of all five centers and programs is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2020.