CAPT Robert A. Liotta, MD –Navy Flight Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Radiologist & USUHS Associate Dean
CAPT Liotta is a Naval Academy graduate and received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). After completing a General Surgery Internship, he was selected for additional training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL, where he earned designation as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He then deployed to Iraq with a Marine Unmanned Vehicle Squadron. Following the deployment, Dr. Liotta completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and then completed fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of Michigan. CAPT Liotta is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at USUHS. He has served in multiple leadership roles in Navy Medicine, including areas such as Graduate Medical Education as well as Medical Training and Research. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Recruitment and Admissions at USUHS
In this episode, CAPT Liotta discusses his experiences as a Navy Flight surgeon providing support to areas in the Pacific as well as deploying to OIF in support of a Marine UAV Squadron.
He talks about his training as a diagnostic radiologist and receiving further specialty training in cardiothoracic imaging. He explains how he uses these skills to support military medicine in garrison and in a deployed environment.
Dr. Liotta describes his role as the Dean of Recruitment and Admissions at USUHS and provides some “behind the scenes” perspectives into the application and selection process that USU and other Medical Schools utilize in decision-making to fill incoming classes. He advises how students can optimize their chances of matriculating at their school of choice. He also highlights some of the unique aspects of USUHS and its value to Military Medicine and the national healthcare system. CAPT Liotta has had unique and interesting experiences during his distinguished Navy Medicine career and provides important lessons learned and recommendations through engaging stories and personal reflection.
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