Peter C. Muskat, M.D., FACS is Professor and Chief of the Department of Surgery Zuckerberg San Francisco General, Vice Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery, and Chief of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Dr. Muskat was raised in a military family. He completed his undergraduate studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1979 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience. He obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Upon completion of medical school in 1984, he completed the aerospace medicine primary course and a transitional internship at Scott AFB. From there he served as a flight surgeon for the 90th Squadron flying F4s and received the Pacific AF Flight Surgeon of the Year award in 1987. He obtained his general surgery training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He earned Surgical Critical Care Qualification at the University of North Carolina under the guidance of Tony Meyer and Samir Fakhry.
Colonel Muskat was a keystone force in the development of the Air Force's trauma readiness posture and served as the Air Force State Chairman to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He also served as Consultant to the US Air Force Surgeon General for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. He was the original action officer for the design and development of the Mobile Field Surgical Team, the USAF's premier deployable surgical team. He was the chief surgical consultant for development of the Expeditionary Medical Support hospital which was used extensively during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He served as chief of general surgery and as Chairman of the Dept of Surgery, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
His squadron was the largest surgical department in the Air Force, with 600 personnel. He completed a three year tour as the Director for The Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS), which is responsible for the training of all of the Air Force's Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Teams, specialized teams tasked with the transfer of critically ill patients using aircraft. Career awards include the Excalibur Award, given for his contributions to the USAF and Society of AF Clinical Surgeons, the highest honor an AF surgeon can receive. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Following his retirement from the Air Force he became the Trauma director for the University of Cincinnati Medical and associate professor of surgery, guiding them through two successful verifications as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. He is currently a national member of the ACS COT and serves on the Verification and PIPS committees. He also is a trauma center site surveyor for the COT, reviewing trauma centers around the country. He has 40 published articles and two book chapters and served as associate editor for the 3rd Edition of the NATO War Surgery Manual.