The 81st Medical Group operates one of the largest Air Force medical facilities in the Air Force. Its primary mission is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing quality, cost-effective health care for more than 27,000 enrollees, including almost 7,500 active-duty members. In addition, the 81st MDG commander oversees the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical treatment facilities from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, coordinating care for 80,000 eligible beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast.

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Designated Institutional Official

Col. Rita Duboyce, MD

General Surgery Program Director‚Äč

Col. Robert Cromer, MD, FACS

General Surgery Coordinator

Angie Dillon

General Surgery


Program Director

Col. Robert Cromer, General/Minimally Invasive Surgery

Assistant Program Director

LtCol. Jennifer Sexton, Vascular Surgery


Internal Medicine


Program Director

Col. Wayne Latack, Nephrology
Assistant Professor, USUHS SOM
Medicine Credentialing Representative

Chief of Residents

Capt. Jacob Bessler, Internal Medicine

Capt. Joseph Cook, Internal Medicine

Associate Program Directors

Lt. Col. Wassem Juakiem, Gastroenterology

Lt. Col. Blake Elkins, Endocrinology

Maj. Joshua Tate, Endocrinology

Capt. Nicholas Keaton, Internal Medicine