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Craig D. Shriver, MD, FACS, COL, USA (Ret)

Director, John P. Murtha Cancer Center, WRNMMC
Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS)

General Surgical Oncology, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Whipple Procedure, Gastric Cancer, Sarcoma, Colon and Rectal Cancer, Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases and Cancers, Bile Duct Cancer, Melanoma, Sentinel Lymph Node surgery

  • Bachelor of Science Biochemistry (1980), Albright College (Reading, PA) Cum Laude Outstanding Alumni Award (2003)
  • Doctor of Medicine (1984) Temple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) Alpha Omega Alpha

  • General Surgery (1989), Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), (Washington, DC)
  • General Graves B. Erskine Award for Outstanding Resident

  • Surgical Oncology (1993), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY)

  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners (1985-2013)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery (2009-2021)

COL Craig Shriver, a native of Reading PA, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry from Albright College, and continued on to acquire his Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Upon his graduation he was commissioned in the US Army Medical Corps (1984). His post graduate training included his surgical internship and residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). Dr. Shriver was selected for advanced fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

After completing his fellowship he was assigned to the WRAMC as a staff general surgeon. In 1995 he was assigned as the Chief of Surgical Oncology, and in 1998 became the Director of the Surgery Residency Program, and the Chief of General Surgery in 2001.

February 2000 he was selected by the command to become Director of the congressionally-mandated Clinical Breast Care Project (CBCP), a military-civilian coalition providing excellent clinical care and cutting-edge breast cancer research. This research project has been funded over $100 million since its inception, and has amassed one of the world's most extensive human biorepositories of breast cancers and tissues, which are used by researchers to study breast cancer and its treatment. He was named Interim Director of the Cancer Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda (WRNMMC) in September 2011, and then named Director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at the WRNMMC in November 2012. 

COL Shriver's military education includes completion of the Advanced Officer Course, and graduating with honors (top 10% of class) from the Command and General Staff College in June 2000. His operational assignments include a two-year tour at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and direct surgical support of four overseas combat military operations (tours). He deployed in support of Operation Just Cause (the liberation of Panama in 1989, serving as Chief Triage Officer and Surgeon for the Forward Surgical Team of the 5th MASH. He then went on to become Surgeon of the 307th Medical Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division, providing far-forward surgical support during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991), and earning the coveted Combat Medical Badge. He was decorated by his command for his direct surgical support of the medical response to the terrorist attack against the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, as chief of General Surgery at the nation's largest military hospital, he has led his surgeons in the treatment of over 7,500 patients from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). In 2007, COL Shriver served in Afghanistan (along the Pakistan border) with the 1-91 Cavalry, 173rd Airborne, winning the coveted “Order of the Spur” award from his cavalry unit, for gallant and intrepid service under fire on the front lines of combat in Afghanistan. COL Shriver also was decorated with the Combat Action Badge (CAB) during that tour, for service under fire in direct engagement with enemy forces. COL Shriver just completed his fourth combat tour, second in Afghanistan, returning on 20 February 2011. 

Other military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Civilian Outstanding Service Medal. He was awarded the prestigious “A” Designator Award from the Surgeon General, given to only a select few military physicians who are the leaders of healthcare in the Army. He was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit, given to “civilian or military physicians who meet the highest standard of “citizen-soldier-physician.” In 2008 Dr. Shriver was promoted to the rank of Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Shriver in 2010 was elected into the prestigious American Surgical Association, the oldest and most premier of all surgical societies in the world. Dr. Shriver has been an author on three separate articles published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and has also been an author on an article in the world's most premier research publication, NATURE, in September 2012. 

Research Interests
Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer; Outcomes Research: Endocrine Malignancies

Research Projects

Oral Presentations, Posters, Abstracts
Over 300

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