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Dr. Alan Beitler

Associate Professor

alan.beitler@westpoint.edu

Biography


Dr. Alan Beitler is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH) surgeon and cadet pre-medical advisor in the Office of the Dean.  He is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist with over 30 years of service in the military and VA healthcare systems.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1977 and served as an infantry officer in the United States and Italy.  He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado, and did a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

COL (Ret) Beitler was stationed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington and West Point’s Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH) as a surgeon, service chief and surgery department chief.  He worked in Forward Surgical Teams (FSTs), Combat Support Hospitals (CSHs) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), deploying to Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti.  He served two tours in Afghanistan, with an FST and as commander of the 48th CSH.

Following his retirement from the Army, Dr. Beitler worked in the Veterans Administration – New Jersey Healthcare System as the chief of general surgery, chief of the department of surgery and associate professor of surgery at Rutgers University.  In September 2017, he returned to West Point, where he currently serves.     

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.  In addition to his military service, he has participated in humanitarian medical missions in East and West Africa, South and Central America and Haiti.  He is married to Ruth Margolies Beitler, a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy.  They have two daughters, Eliyana and Hannah.

Ongoing Research Projects


Dr. Beitler’s research interests have focused on military medicine and clinical aspects of cancer care.

Publications & Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Causey MW, Steele SR, Farris Z, Lyle DS, Beitler AL. An assessment of different scoring systems in cirrhotic patients undergoing nontransplant surgery. Am J Surg 2012; 203:589-593.

Beitler AL*, Jeanette JP, McGraw AL, Butera JR, Vanfosson CA, Seery JM.  Emergency canine surgery in a deployed forward surgical team: A case report.  Milit Med 2011; 176:477-80. 

Johnson FE, Sakata K, Sarkar S, Audisio RA, Kraybill WG, Gibbs JF, Beitler AL, Virgo KS. Patient surveillance after treatment for soft-tissue sarcoma. Int J Oncol 2011; 38:233-9.

Beitler AL*, Junnila JL, Meyer JH.  Humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan: a prospective evaluation of clinical effectiveness. Milit Med 2006; 171:889-893.

Beitler AL*, MC, Wortmann GW, RenomDeLaBaume H, Hofmann LJ, Goff JM.  Endoscopy in a deployed combat support hospital: maintaining military end-strength. Milit Med 2006; 171:530-533.

Beitler AL*, MC, Wortmann GW, Hofmann LJ, Goff JM.  Operation Enduring Freedom: The 48th Combat Support Hospital in Afghanistan. Milit Med 2006; 171:189-193.

Johnson FE; Sakata K; Kraybill WG; Gibbs JF; Beitler AL; Sarkar S; Audisio RA; Virgo KS.  Long-term management of patients after potentially curative treatment of extremity soft tissue sarcoma: practice patterns of members of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Surgical Oncology 2005; 14:33-40.

Mullenix PS, Cuadrado DG, Steele SR, Martin MJ, See CS, Beitler AL, Carter PL.  Secondary operations are frequently required to complete the surgical phase of therapy in the era of breast conservation and sentinel node biopsy.  Am J Surg 2004; 187:643-646.

Mullenix PS, Carter PL, Martin MJ, Steele SR, Scott CL, Walts MJ, Beitler AL*.  Predictive value of intraoperative touch prep analysis of sentinel lymph nodes for axillary metastasis in breast cancer.  Am J Surg 2003; 185:420-424.

Sakata K, Johnson FE, Beitler AL, Kraybill WG, Virgo KS.  Extremity soft tissue sarcoma patient follow-up: tumor grade and size affect surveillance strategies after potentially curative surgery.  Int J Oncol 2003;22:1335-43.

Sakata K, Beitler AL, Gibbs JF, Kraybill WG, Virgo KS, Johnson FE.  How surgeon age affects surveillance strategies for extremity soft tissue sarcoma patients after potentially curative treatment. J Surg Res 2002; 108:227-34.

McGuigan RM, Beitler AL*.  Surgical Caseload in Army General Surgery Programs:  A 10-year retrospective.  Curr Surg 2002;59:307-312.

Place RJ, Porter CA, Azarow KA, Beitler AL.  Trauma experience comparison of Army forward surgical team surgeons at Ben Taub Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center.  Curr Surg 2001;58:90-93.

McDonald JM, WIlliard W, Mais D, Beitler A*. The incidence of intraductal papillary mucinous tumors of the pancreas.  Curr Surg 2000;57:610-614.

Beitler AL*, Virgo KS, Johnson FE, Gibbs, JF, Kraybill, WG. Current follow-up strategies after potentially curative resection of extremity sarcomas: Results of a survey of the members of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Cancer 2000;88:777-785.

Beitler AL, Urschel JD, Takita HR.  Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for early stage non-small cell lung cancer. Medical Science Research 1998;26:853-854.

Beitler AL*, Urschel JD, Velagapudi SR, Takita HR.  Surgical management of adrenal metastases from lung cancer. J Surg Oncol 1998;69:54-57.

Beitler AL*, Hurd T, Edge S.  The evaluation of palpable breast masses: common pitfalls and management guidelines. Surgical Oncology 1998;6:227-234.

Beitler AL, Urschel JD.  Comparison of stapled and hand-sewn esophagogastric anastomoses.  Am J Surg 1998;175:337-340.

Beitler A, Rodriguez-Bigas M, Weber T, Lee RJ, Cuenca R, Petrelli N. Complications of absorbable pelvic mesh slings following surgery for rectal carcinoma. Dis Colon Rectum 1997; 40:1336-1341.

Kennedy FR, Gonzalez P, Beitler A, Sterling-Scott R, Fleming AW. Incidence of cervical spine injury in patients with gunshot wounds to the head. South Med J 1994; 87:621-623.

Hollis W, Luethke J, Yakes W, Beitler A. Percutaneous embolization of an internal iliac artery aneurysm: technical considerations and literature review.  J Vasc Int Rad 1994; 5:449-451.

Geer DA, Arnaud G, Beitler A, Holcomb J, Homan J, James L, Martin, D, McWhirt E, Napoli P.  Colonic Volvulus, The Army Medical Center Experience 1983-1987.  Am Surg 1991; 57:295-300.

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Virgo KS, Sarkar S, Beitler AL, Gibbs JF, Sakata K, Goel A, Christy ME, Audisio RA, Kraybill WG, Johnson FE.  Effect of geographic factors on sarcoma patient follow-up intensity.   61st Annual Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium, March 2008 (Poster)

Farris Z, Beitler AL.  Surgical Risk Assessment in Cirrhotic Patients.  Society of Academic Research and Surgery, Cambridge, UK, January 2007 (Poster)

Junnila JL, Meyer JH, Beitler AL.  Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan: A Prospective Analysis of Clinical Effectiveness. 8th Annual Force Health Protection Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, August 2005 (Oral)

Johnson FE, Virgo KS, Beitler AL, Gibbs JF, Sakata K, Sarkar S, Kraybill WG, Audisio RA.  Long-term management of patients after potentially curative treatment of extremity soft-tissue sarcoma.  57th Annual Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium, March 2004 (Oral)

Goff JM, Beitler, AL.  Politics and the Surgeon Soldier:  Repair of a 15 year-old traumatic carotid to internal jugular vein fistula in Afghanistan.  31st Annual Vascular Surgery Seminar and Meeting for the Society for Military Vascular Surgery, December 2003 (Oral)

Goff JM, Beitler, AL.  48th Combat Support Hospital: Six Months in Afghanistan. 31st Annual Vascular Surgery Seminar and Meeting for the Society for Military Vascular Surgery, December 2003 (Oral)

Mullenix PS, Cuadrado DG, Steele SR, Martin MJ, See CS, Beitler AL, Carter PL.  Secondary operations are frequently required to complete the surgical phase of therapy in the era of breast conservation and sentinel node biopsy.  North Pacific Surgical Society, November 2003 (Oral)

Mullenix PS, Carter PL, Martin MJ, Steele SR, Scott CL, Walts MJ, Beitler AL.  Predictive value of intraoperative touch prep analysis of sentinel lymph nodes for axillary metastasis in breast cancer.  North Pacific Surgical Society, 2002 (Oral – Award recipient)

McGuigan RM, Beitler AL*.  Surgical Caseload in Army General Surgery Programs: A 10-year retrospective.  Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, 2001 (Oral)

Place RJ, Porter CA, Azarow KA, Beitler AL.  Trauma experience comparison of Army forward surgical team surgeons at Ben Taub Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center.  Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, 2000 (Oral)

McDonald JM, WIlliard W, Mais D, Beitler A*. The incidence of intraductal papillary mucinous tumors of the pancreas.  Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, 2000 (Oral)

Beitler A*. Forward Surgery: Principles and Perspectives.  27th Annual Scientific Meeting, Phramongkutklao College of Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 1999 (Oral)

Beitler A*, Elliott DC.  Surgery in Operations Other Than War: Principles and Perspectives. Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, May 1999 (Oral)

Beitler AL, Virgo KS, Johnson FE, Gibbs, JF, Kraybill, WG.  Current Follow-up Strategies After Potentially Curative Resection of Extremity Sarcomas: Results of a Survey of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Society of Surgical Oncology, March 1999 (Poster)

Beitler AL, Urshel JD, Urschel DM, Takita H.  Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for early stage non-small cell lung cancer.  American College of Chest Physicians Clinical Congress, November 1998 (Poster)

Urshel JD, Beitler AL, Urschel DM.  Surgical resection of isolated adrenal metastases from lung cancer.  American College of Chest Physicians Clinical Congress, November 1998 (Oral)

Beitler AL*, Virgo KS, Johnson FE, Gibbs, JF, Kraybill, WG.  Current Follow-up Strategies After Potentially Curative Resection of Extremity Sarcomas: Preliminary Results of a Survey of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Connective Tissue Oncology Society, November 1998 (Poster)

Beitler AL, Urschel JD.  Stapled Esophagogastric Anastomoses - A Reappraisal Based on Published Trials.  American College of Chest Physicians Cardiac and General Surgery Update, December 1997 (Poster)     

Beitler A, Rodriguez-Bigas M, Weber T, Lee RJ, Cuenca R, Petrelli N. Complications of Absorbable Pelvic Mesh Slings Following Surgery for Rectal Carcinoma.  American College of Surgeons, Western New York Chapter, September 1997 (Oral - Award recipient)

Beitler A*, Rodriguez-Bigas M, Weber T, Lee RJ, Cuenca R, Petrelli N. Complications of Absorbable Pelvic Mesh Slings Following Surgery for Rectal Carcinoma. Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, April 1997 (Oral)

Beitler AL, Bute B. Complications of Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomoses: Their Treatment and Prevention. Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, 1992 (Oral)

Beitler AL, Hammond S.  The Natural History of the Small Aortic Aneurysm: A Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Experience. Gary Wratten Surgical Symposium, 1992 (Oral)

Beitler AL*, Bute B. The Modified Continent Ileostomy Reservior: An Alternative Stoma.  Annual Meeting of the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, 1992 (Oral - Award recipient)