Welcome to Keesler AFB General Surgery Residency




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81st Medical Surgical Operations Squadron (81 MSGS)


About Keesler General Surgery Residency

Keesler Medical Center General Surgery Residency is the only standalone Air Force ACGME-accredited Military General Surgery Residency program.   


Our program is a community-based 5-year training program with no required research year.  Research opportunities are available through our Clinical Research Laboratory and at any of our remote training sites.  Our program provides extensive training in all avenues of General Surgery with emphasis on General/Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, Minimally Invasive/Robotic-assisted Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and endoscopy.  With progressive autonomy and responsibility, we prepare our active duty Air Force General Surgery residents to excel in their military careers and beyond.


Additional training in surgical subspecialties provided to our residents include Burn surgery, Transplant surgery, Plastic surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Trauma/Critical Care, and Deployment surgery.  Our program has training affiliations with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center-Joint Base San Antonio, Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital-Pensacola, 96th Medical Group-Eglin Air Force Base, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center-Germany. 


Keesler General Surgery Residency program is approved for 20 surgical residents including four Chief surgical residents, in addition to four preliminary intern positions.  Our graduates continue onto a variety of career in surgery to include General/Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Colorectal, Plastics, and Special Operations Surgical Team.

About 81st Medical Group

Located in Biloxi in the state of Mississippi, Keesler Medical Center is located within Keesler Air Force Base and is the home to the 81st Medical Group.  The 81st Medical Group’s mission is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing quality, cost-effective health care for more than 22,000 enrollees, including almost 4,500 active duty members.  In addition, the 81st MDG provides oversight for the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military treatment facilities from Mobile, AL to New Orleans, LA, coordinating care for more than 46,000 beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast.  Keesler Medical Center also partners with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System on joint venture initiatives to serve 70,000 Veterans.

Keesler Medical Center is a 60 bed facility with a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department and 10 mixed bed ICU. Surgical capabilities include 6 conventional ORs including a Siemens Artis Zeego Hybrid Suite, two da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System with dual console, and a cystoscopy suite, in addition to two endoscopy suites.  A full range of medical and surgical subspecialists are stationed on base and in partner hospitals including Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology/Critical Care, Interventional Radiology, Otolaryngology, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery, and Colorectal surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Surgery GME Staff

Program Director:

LtCol  Kyle Iverson, MD, FACS

General Surgery



Assistant Program Director:

Maj  Andrew Wishy, DO, FACS

Vascular Surgery



Keesler General Surgery:

Maj  Jordan Carl, MD, FACS

Maj  Sean Debuysere, DO

Maj  Bailey Kleis, MD


Keesler Vascular Surgery:

LtCol  J. Devin Watson, MD, FACS


GME Program Coordinator:

Ms  Angela Dillon

Program Coordinator

General Surgery