52147-Ritter, E. Matthew

E. Matthew Ritter, MD

Professor of Surgery

EH 5th FL
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Ritter is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He completed a General Surgery Residency at David Grant Medical Center / University of California Davis, and a Fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal and Hernia Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  His research focuses on applying innovative simulation solutions to surgical education. He is an active member of the Americas Hernia Society, the Association for Surgical Education, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), where he serves on the Board of Governors and has lead multiple education-based committees. He comes to IU Health after A 30-year military career, including 16 years on faculty in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served in multiple roles, including Vice Chairman for Education, and Program Director of the General Surgery residency program.  Dr. Ritter has deployed multiple times in direct support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and his clinical practice focuses on advanced laparoscopic and robotic gastrointestinal and hernia surgery.  He now lives in Indianapolis with his wife and son, and his daughter attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  In his free time, Dr. Ritter enjoys exercising, watching, and playing all kinds of sports and riding motorcycles. 

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Education
    2004 FEL Emory University
    2002 RES David Grant Medical Center/UC Davis
    1997 MD Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
    1993 BS United States Air Force Academy
  • Research

    Surgical Education, Assessment, Simulation, Hernia

  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgery*
  • Awards
    Org: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Education Day
    Desc: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Education Day
    Scope: National
    Org: US Navy
    Desc: First Place, Clinical Research, Faculty division, Navy-wide Clinical and Basic Science Research Competition
    Scope: National
    Org: USU/Walter Reed Department of Surgery
    Desc: COL Craig D. Shriver Award for Operative Teaching Excellence
    Scope: National
    Desc: Robert A. Phillips Award for Faculty Research, 9th Annual National Capital Region Research Competition
    Scope: National
    Desc: Best Educational Research Expert, Surgical Research Workshop, Association for Surgical Education Meeting, Seattle, WA
    Scope: National
    Org: National Naval Medical Center Department of Surgery
    Desc: Golden Apple Award for Most Outstanding Surgical Educator
    Scope: National
    Org: Gamma Chapter of Maryland, Bethesda Maryland
    Desc: Alpha Omega Alpha
    Scope: National

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