Col. Doug Soderdahl, MD, a urologist who recently retired from the U.S. Army, talks about military medicine and today’s healthcare heroes serving in the armed forces.
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Douglas Soderdahl, MD, is a fellowship-trained urologist who recently retired from the Army as a Colonel after 30+ years on active duty. Dr. Soderdahl was commissioned through the ROTC program at Wheaton College, Illinois, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He then received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1991, completed his urology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1997 and the completed fellowship training in laparoscopy and endourology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004. Dr. Soderdahl is board certified by the American Board of Urology and previously served as the Urologic Surgery Consultant to the Army Surgery General. Doug has held academic faculty appointments at the Medical College of Georgia and Eastern Virginia Medical School and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. During his military career, Dr. Soderdahl held many positions including commanding a medical detachment in Korea as a General Medical Officer, as well as serving as Transitional Program Director and Chief of Urology at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. He served as a surgeon, researcher and educator actively involved in the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Urology Residency program for more than 16 years. Dr. Soderdahl has performed award winning research and has collaborated in over 40 peer-reviewed publications and multiple textbook chapters, as well as many research projects that have been presented at national and international scientific meetings. He also has received multiple military awards and recognition including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Medical Department “A” Proficiency Designator for expertise and professional excellence in his specialty. He is a member of the Order of Military Merit. He has been deployed twice in support of OIF and OND, serving as a surgeon and Urology Theatre Consultant. Following military retirement, Doug assisted in developing a 501(c)3 nonprofit called WarDocs-The Military Medicine Podcast whose mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization.