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Andrew C. Bright, D.O.

Andrew C. Bright, D.O.

Trauma/Emergency General/Burn SurgeonAssistant Professor of Surgery, Burn Unit Medical DirectorSpecialty: Trauma, Burn Care, Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Burn
  • Burn Surgery
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery

About Andrew Bright, D.O.

Dr. Andrew Bright was appointed as assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2018 and currently serves as a critical care and burn surgeon with USA Health. Dr. Bright earned his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.V., under the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the US Navy. After completing a surgery internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., he served for two years as a physician with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, deploying twice to the Middle East.

He then completed his residency in general surgery at USA University Hospital, earning multiple honors to include induction in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then re-commissioned in the U.S. Navy and served as a general surgeon from 2014 to 2017. He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he served as a trauma surgeon and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. After returning to the United States, Dr. Bright completed a surgical critical care fellowship with an emphasis on burns at USA University Hospital.

Dr. Bright is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Burn Association and the Southern Medical Association. He is an instructor in “Stop the Bleed,” Advanced Burn Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma. Dr. Bright also volunteers annually with the Christian Medical Ministry through the annual surgical mission to Kibogora Hospital, Rwanda.


  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • Advanced Burn Life Support Instructor
  • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma instructor potential
  • Navy Commendation Medal, for service in Afghanistan, Kandahar Airfield
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Selected and served as USAMC General Surgery Administrative Chief Resident
  • Exemplary Senior Resident (USA Medical School Class of 2014)
  • Exemplary Resident (USA Medical School Class of 2012)
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanitarianism and Excellence in Teaching
  • Thomas Robert Johnson Award
  • Navy Commendation Medal, for service in Iraq, Fallujah
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • James R. Stookey Scholarship for Best Anatomy and Physical Manipulation
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Jim Hudson Research Genetics Scholarship
  • Red Cross Volunteerism award, 400 hours
  • Eagle Scout with bronze, gold, and silver palms, Boy Scout Troop 757


  • Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine | Lewisburg, WV
  • Residency: University of South Alabama College of Medicine | Mobile, AL
  • Surgery Internship: National Naval Medical Center | Bethesda, MD
  • Fellowship: University of South Alabama College of Medicine | Mobile, AL

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, lifetime member
  • American Burn Association
  • Southern Burn Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association

Selected Publications

  1. Blair SG, Bright AC, Kennedy RO, Allen JM, Frotan MA, Brevard SB, Gonzalez RP, Simmons JD. Green urine in the intensive care unit: is this clinically relevant? Am Surg. 2015 Jan;81(1):E32-3. PMID: 25569058.
  2. Richards, WO, Bright AC, Endoluminal Therapy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, will be published in: Evidence-Based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2nd edition.
  3. Ficarino, H., Bright, AC. Mycotic Ileocolic Aneurysm (vignette, images). ID 20-15893. (NEJM submission May 2020, redirecting to another journal). Role: performed case, provided edits and instruction.
  4. Miles VP, Alexander KM, Wright KC, Miller RP, Lindsey L, Bright AC, Burkett JL, Kahn SA. Back Bay Bacteria: Vibrio vulnificus Skin Soft Tissue Infections in the Southern Gulf Coast Region. American Surgeon (submitted under review April 2020). Role: data confirmation / collection and editing.
  5. Beckett R, Bright AC, Kahn SA. Establishing a Preliminary Enhanced Recovery Pathway for Burn Surgery. EPLASTY-D-20-00001. (submitted February 2020). Role: implementation of pathway at USA and manuscript editing.

Presentations at Professional Meetings

  1. “Modern Burn Care” given at TOMA (Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association, April 2020
  2. “Challenges in Burns (General Surgery Resident Conference/Grand Rounds, given at Kessler Air Fort Base, November 2019
  3. “Burn Care from the Scene to the Center,” given at Naval Hospital Pensacola Grand Rounds, April 2018
  4. “Novel Skin Coverage Techniques in Burn Care,” given at Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Symposium, March 2018
  5. “The Deadly Sepsis Mimic, Damage Associated Molecular Products and Mitochondrial DNA,” given in Kandahar Afghanistan to forward military personnel, August 2016
  6. “Forward Surgical Care” [in Austere Environments], University of South Alabama Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Symposium, April 2015
  7. “Surgical Approach to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease,” Grand Rounds: University of South Alabama Medical Center, May 2014


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