Laura Fluke, DO, FACS - Surgical Oncology Fellow
Surgical Oncology Fellow

Laura Fluke, DO, FACS

Donald L. Morton Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Saint John’s Cancer Institute

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, LCDR Fluke graduated Magna cum Laude from Loyola University New Orleans in August 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. During her time at Loyola, she played soccer for the Wolfpack.

Dr. Fluke earned her medical degree in 2012 at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences through the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. She was inducted into Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Medical Society, being among the top of her class. She transitioned into active duty during her General Surgery Internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). She was the 2013 intern class Vice President and was recognized as Surgery Intern of the Year. She was selected to complete her General Surgery residency at NMCP where she performed over 1300 surgeries, wrote 8 peer-reviewed journal publications, co-authored a book chapter and an online surgical reference, and presented research at over 20 regional and national conferences winning regional and national research awards in 2016.

Lieutenant Commander Laura Fluke

Upon graduation from NMCP General Surgery Residency in 2018, LCDR Fluke was stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. She provided surgical care and support to the 7th fleet, families, and contractors. She served as the Chair of the Infection Control Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic and spearheaded the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Mass Casualty as Team Lead for USNH Yokosuka.

LCDR Fluke’s subsequent duty station returned her to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where she is attached to the USNS Comfort. She was selected as an Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency and the Medical Student Site Director for USU and other rotating medical students. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. She has most recently been serving the hospital as the Interim Director of the Breast Oncology Service line and as the Committee on Cancer NMCP Cancer Liaison Physician for the hospital. She volunteered for a hot fill deployment on the USS Eisenhower in 2021 as the ship’s surgeon, supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel. She was selected by the Navy for the Surgical Oncology fellowship and matched at Donald L. Morton Complex General and Surgical Oncology program in Santa Monica, California where she will train from 2022-2024.

LCDR Fluke’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards.