Meet Our Director
Colonel Craig D. Shriver, MC
Director, Clinical Breast Care Project
Program Director and Chief, General Surgery
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Colonel Craig D. Shriver became Program Director of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center General Surgery residency in June 1998, became Director of the Clinical Breast Care Project (CBCP) in February 2000, and became Chief of General Surgery at Walter Reed in April 2001, all positions which he presently holds. Dr. Shriver, Director and Principal Investigator of the CBCP, and Nick Jacobs, FACHE of the Windber Medical Center, are the co-founders of the CBCP at Windber Research Institute. The establishment of this project was made possible through the support of The Honorable John P. Murtha.
A native son of the great Keystone State of Pennsylvania, COL Shriver was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biochemistry cum laude from Albright College in Reading, PA. After winning a Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship from the US Army, he went on to earn his M.D. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He then completed his general surgery residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and was selected for advanced fellowship training in surgical oncology at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has published over 80 academic papers in the medical literature, being listed as one of the Lead Authors on the seminal article on sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer. This was published in October 1998 in the world’s most esteemed medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine. He was again a Lead Author in the New England Journal of Medicine in December 2004, in a work describing the care of the casualties returning to Walter Reed from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After completing his surgical oncology fellowship in 1993, he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a Staff General Surgeon. He took over as Chief of Surgical Oncology in 1995, becoming General Surgery Residency Program Director in 1998, and Chief of General Surgery in 2001. In February 2000 he was selected by the command to become Director of the congressionally-mandated CBCP, a military-civilian coalition on the forefront of providing excellent clinical care and cutting-edge breast cancer research.
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 two overseas military operations (two combat tours). He has deployed in support of Operation Just Cause, the liberation of Panama in 1989, where he served 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. More recently, he was decorated by his command for his direct surgical support of the medical response to the terrorist attack against the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. As Chief of General Surgery at the nation’s largest military hospital, he has led his Surgeons in the treatment of over 5,500 patients from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. COL Shriver is served on the third combat frontline tour of his career in 2007, serving in Afghanistan along the Pakistan border with the 173rd Cavalry (Airborne).
COL Shriver’s military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Civilian Outstanding Service Medal from the Uniformed Services University, and the Combat Medical Badge. He was awarded the prestigious “A” Designator Award from The Surgeon General in 2001, given to only a select few military physicians who are the leaders of healthcare in the Army. He also was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit, given to civilian or military physicians who meet the highest standard of “citizen-soldier-physician”.
In summary, Craig D. Shriver has been on the frontlines of combat three times as a Forward Surgeon; he is the Principal Investigator responsible for a Congressionally-mandated civilian-military collaborative Translational Medicine research project; he has published extensively in medical literature to include twice in the well-respected New England Journal of Medicine; he is recognized as a world expert on cancers of the breast and other organs; and he has been awarded all possible high recognitions as a Soldier-Physician by the US Army.
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