720 OSS Maj Northern Official Photo 150 x 150Clinical Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest 
trauma and acute care surgery, military and emergency medicine


Major David Northern, M.D., FACS, is an active duty Air Force surgeon who has served on the Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) based at UAB since 2015. He serves as the Commander of Detachment 1, 720th STG/OSS. In 2019, he became a clinical assistant professor with the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. He attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for medical school, and then in 2015 completed his general surgery residency at Keesler Medical Center. He is a two-time Bronze Star Medal recipient.

Select Publications

Jay B Baker, Maj D Marc Northern, Colin Frament, D Aaron Baker, Kyle Remick, Jason Seery, Lance Stephens, Stacy Shackelford, Jennifer Gurney. Austere Resuscitative and Surgical Care in Support of Forward Military Operations-Joint Trauma System Position Paper. Mil Med. 2020 Nov 13;usaa358. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa358. Online ahead of print. (PMID: 3318567)

Frank K Butler Jr, John B Holcomb, Stacy Shackelford, Sean Barbabella, Jeffrey A Bailey, Jay B Baker, Andrew P Cap, Curtis C Conklin, Cord W Cunningham, Michael Davis, Stephen M DeLellis, Warren C Dorlac, Joseph J DuBose, Brian Eastridge, Andrew D Fisher, Jacob J Glasser, Jennifer Gurney, Donald A Jenkins, Jay Johannigman, David R King, Russ S Kotwal, Lanny F Littlejohn, Robert L Mabry, Matthew J Martin, Ethan A Miles, Harold R Montgomery, D Marc Northern, Kevin C O'Connor, Todd E Rasmussen, Jamie C Riesberg, Philip C Spinella, Zsolt Stockinger, Geir Strandenes, Darin K Via, Michael A Weber. Advanced Resuscitative Care in Tactical Combat Casualty Care: TCCC Guidelines Change 18-01:14 October 2018. J Spec Oper Med . Winter 2018;18(4):37-55. (PMID: 30566723)

David Marc Northern, Justin D Manley, Regan Lyon, Daniel Farber, Benjamin J Mitchell, Kristopher J Filak, Jonathan Lundy, Joe J DuBose, Todd E Rasmussen, John B Holcomb. Recent advances in austere combat surgery: Use of aortic balloon occlusion as well as blood challenges by special operations medical forces in recent combat operations. J Trauma Acute Care Surg . 2018 Jul;85(1S Suppl 2):S98-S103. (PMID: 29787545)

Regan F Lyon, D Marc Northern. REBOA by a non-surgeon as an adjunct during MASCAL. Am J Emerg Med . 2018 Jun;36(6): 1121.e5-1121.e6. (PMID: 29540284)

Nicholas Warner, Jackson Zheng, Greg Nix, Andrew D Fisher, Jeffery C Johnson, John E Williams, D Marc Northern, John S Hellums. Military Prehospital Use of Low Titer Group O Whole Blood. J Spec Oper Med . Spring 2018;18(1):15-18. (PMID: 29533426) 

Andrew B Hall, David Northern. Effect of abdominal binders on pulmonary mechanics with implications for the military surgical population. J Surg Educ. Jan-Feb 2012;69(1):34-6. (PMID: 22208829)


Honors and Awards

Bronze Star Medal

Bronze Star Medal 1 OLC

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Air Expeditionary Medal

Intern of the Year Keesler General Surgery Residency

Resident Teacher of the Year Keesler General Surgery Residency

Resident Teacher of the Year Keesler General Surgery Residency

Resident Teacher of the Year Keesler General Surgery Residency

Physician of the Year 2017 – US Air Force Medical Service: Field Grade Officer Category


Medical School
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Keesler Medical Center


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