Dr. William Dutton always anticipated being in the military. Twelve years into his career as a medical officer with the U.S. Navy and Marines, he went to a British-led hospital in the desert of southern Afghanistan to serve as deputy medical director and chief of surgery, treating international war casualties.
He held the position for six to seven months during 2011, when Camp Bastion Hospital in Helmand Province was arguably the busiest trauma hospital in the world.
“We saw probably 2,600 major traumas and coordinated the interoperability of surgeons from different countries and also various services of the U.S. military services. For the U.S., I was the officer in charge.”
The British recognized Dr. Dutton with the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, and he's been distinguished with other military honors as well.
“I'm not really a glory hound. I don't seek the spotlight. But I am very happy to see the people on my team get praise and attention.”
Now, with the completion of his active-duty Navy service in San Diego, he brings his considerable talents as a surgeon and leader to Trident Health's expanding trauma care team in the Charleston area.
Dr. Dutton is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. While he will continue to serve his country as a Navy reservist, he looks forward to time in the Lowcountry with his three children and has also accepted important responsibilities as a Cub Scout leader for his 6-year-old son's Tiger den.
Medical School – University of Kansas Medical Center
Internship – Methodist Medical Center, Dallas, TX, surgery
Residency – Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, general surgery
Fellowship – Vanderbilt University Medical Center, surgical critical care