LTC Matthew Eckert, MD

Dr. Matthew Eckert MD is the Trauma Medical Director and Chief of General Surgery Clinics at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington. He is an active duty Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Eckert assumed the role of Trauma Medical Director for Madigan in 2017 after serving as the Associate Trauma Medical Director since 2012. He oversees all aspects of the multidisciplinary trauma service and directs the interdepartmental trauma and acute care surgery educational curriculum. Dr. Eckert is also the Associate Residency Director for the General Surgery Residency at Madigan. Dr. Eckert’s research interests include the management of hemorrhagic shock and the coagulopathy of trauma. He is an associate investigator on numerous grant-funded protocols investigating the treatment of acute hemorrhage and coagulopathy, including NIH funded research into the use of high frequency ultrasound for the treatment of hemorrhage. Dr. Eckert previously commanded the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He has served numerous combat deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa with the United States Special Operations Command. Dr. Eckert completed his medical education at Loyola University-Chicago and training in General Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center. He then completed fellowship training in trauma, surgical critical care, and acute care surgery at Vanderbilt University.