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Eric J. Gourley , MD, FACS

General Surgery

Phone: (803) 409-7130
Fax: Fax: (803) 252-8280

  • Medical Degree: Medical Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Undergrad: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah - BS Zoology (Chemistry Minor)

  • Board Certified in General Surgery
  • LPN Certified
  • Basic Life Support Provider
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider/Instructor/Course Director

Dr. Eric Gourley is an accomplished and awarded veteran with an impressive list of military medical assignments and surgical expertise. Dr. Gourley received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the, American College of Surgeons (FACS), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Gourley is the author of numerous published medical papers. More information about the honorable awards he's received as well as his esteemed academic and military appointments can be found by clicking on the related tabs on this page.
  • Medical Degree: Medical Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Undergrad: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah - BS Zoology (Chemistry Minor)
  • Board Certified in General Surgery
  • LPN Certified
  • Basic Life Support Provider
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider/Instructor/Course Director
  • General Surgery Residency: William Beaumont Army Medical Center  El Paso, TX
  • Surgical Internship: William Beaumont Army Medical Center  El Paso, TX
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS)

Additional Medical Training: 

  • Ethicon Basic Course in Laparoscopic Surgery, Cincinnatti, OH 2001
  • Ethicon Laparoscopic Solid Organ Surgery, Cincinnatti, OH 2003
  • LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System Fellowship Program, Dana Point, CA 2009 (Ethicon sponsored)
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) Training Course, Round Rock, TX 2010 (Ethicon sponsored)
  • Current Approaches to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, La Jolla, CA 2011 (Ethicon sponsored)
  • Operation Vibrant Response, Defense CBRN Response Force, Camp Atterbury, IN 2011                               
  •  Army Trauma Training Course to include ASSET, Miami, FL 2012
  • Intuitive daVinci Robotic Training Course for Surgeons, Houston TX 2017
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, TX
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  •  Chief, General Surgery Service, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • Chair, Medical Advisory Board, Central Texas Regional Advisory Board (CTRAC) Trauma Service Area-L, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
  •  Chief, Department of Surgery, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • Chief, General Surgery Service, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX

Abstracts/Presentations:

  1. “Determining the positive predictive value of fine needle aspirates in diagnosing thyroid cancer. A comparison of old versus new pathological criteria at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.” Conducted as a medical student under the direction of Dr. David Jacques, M.D., Chief of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  2. “Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic Services (MAST) in El Paso: A Retrospective Review”. Presented at the Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, April 29-May 01, 1998 (winner for best trauma presentation), and 13th Annual Surgery for Trauma Day,Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. EdwardHebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, August 26-28, 1998.
  3. "Evaluation of the Systemic Effects of Intrathoracically Injected Alteplase in the Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Model.” Southwestern Surgical Conference, Tucson, AZ, April 18-21, 2003.
  4. “Murder, Incorporated: Blast Injuries Utilizing Pressure Cooker Bombs.”  Matthew L. Davis Regional Trauma Symposium  28 Oct 2016;  Grand Rounds for the General Surgery and  EmergencyMedicine Resident Programs at Lincoln Memorial Medical Center NYC 07 Dec 2016;  Featured speaker at the Brooklyn & Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting on Blast Injuries 07 Dec 2016.
  5. “The National Preparedness System: How We Respond to Catastrophic Events” Matthew L. Davis Regional Trauma Symposium 27 Oct 2017.

Publications: 

  1. “Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic Services (MAST) in El Paso: A Retrospective Review”. Military Medicine, Vol. 165, 11:870-874, November 2000.
  2. “U.S. Army air ambulance operations in El Paso, Texas: a descriptive study and system review”. Prehospital Emergency Care, 4(2):136-43, Apr-Jun 2000.
  3. The Meandering Mesenteric Artery: A Historical Review and Surgical Implications”. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, May 2005.Vol.48, Iss.5; pg. 996-1000.

Awards Received: 

  • Iraq Stabilization Medal (Poland)
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal x 2
  •  Army Service Medal
  • Overseas Reserve Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal x 2
  • Reserve Component Service Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal x 3
  • Joint Services Achievement Medal x 2
  • Army Commendation Medal x 6
  • Meritorious Service Medal x 2
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Bell County Medical Society
  • Lifetime Member Fightin’ Docs Rugby Club
  • Member Order of the Vigilant Knights
  • Committee Member, Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America

Military Medical Service:

  • Basic Medic/LPN – 144th Evacuation Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • General Intelligence Officer – 141st Military Intelligence Battalion, Draper, Utah
  • General Intelligence Officer – USAR 302nd Military Intelligence Reserve Group, Heidelburg, Germany
  • Medical Student – Uniformed Services University of theHealth Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine,Bethesda, Maryland
  • Surgical Intern – William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Ft Bliss, Texas
  • Flight Surgeon – 204th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Reconnaissance), Ft Bliss, Texas
  • General Surgery Resident – William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Ft Bliss, Texas
  • General Surgeon – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon – 555th Forward Surgical Team (FST), Al Diwaniyah, Iraq; 86th Combat Surgical Hospital, Baghdad,  Iraq
  • General Surgeon - Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon - Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras
  • General Surgeon - Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon – 745th Forward Surgical Team, Tallil, Iraq; 86th Combat Surgical Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq     
  • Chief, General Surgery Service  – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon – Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras
  • Chief, Department of Surgery  – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  •  Chief, General Surgery Service – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • General Surgeon – 758th Forward Surgical Team, Pacific  Pathways Training Exercise, Phillipines/Indonesia
  • Chief, General Surgery Service – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX
  • Deputy Commander for Clinical Services – 14th Combat Support Hospital, Humacao, Puerto Rico          

Military Training: 

  • Basic Training Course, Ft Dix, NJ 1983
  • Advanced Individual Training Course, Ft Sam Houston, TX 1984 91B - Basic Medic
  • Advanced Individual Training, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah 1984-1985 91C - Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Officer Candidate School, Ft Benning, GA 1988
  • Officer Basic Course, Ft Huachuca, AZ 1990 Military Intelligence
  • Combat Casualty Care Course, USUHS 1996
  • Flight Surgeon Course, Ft Rucker, AL 1998