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School of Medicine Greenville

Faculty Profile

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Robert Louis Ricca, Jr

Title: Clinical Associate Professor
School of Medicine Greenville
Phone: 864-797-7400
Office: 48 Cross Park Court
Greenville 29605


Background: CAPT Ricca was born in Rota, Spain and traveled extensively as a child due to his father’s military service. He attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, earning a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Ricca attended the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, earning a Doctorate of Medicine in 2000.
CAPT Ricca completed a General Surgery Internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He was selected for training as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, CT. He served as Undersea Medical Officer at Sewell’s Point Medical Branch Medical Clinic, where he assumed the role of Department Head of Aviation Medicine/Physical Exams. He supported the Naval Submarine Support Command and earned his coveted “Dolphins”.
CAPT Ricca completed General Surgery Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2009. During his residency he completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. He served his general surgery utilization tour onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) where he earned his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer warfare device. He completed his training in Pediatric Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2012.
CAPT Ricca held numerous leadership roles during his career culminating as the Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General for General Surgery. He previously served as the Associate Director and subsequently Director, Surgical Services at NMCP from 2013-2018. He is board certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Pediatric Surgery. He maintains an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery at USUHS and the USC School of Medicine, Greenville. He completed a tour as the OIC and Trauma Surgeon of the Forward Surgical Element, Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He participated in Continuing Promise 18 as senior surgeon and pediatric surgeon. He has completed the Navy War College, Joint Professional Military Education, Phase 1. He is an author on numerous publications and book chapters and he serves on several national surgical committees.
CAPT Ricca’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (Three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Three awards).
Honors & Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha
Master Clinician Award
John S. Jordan Surgery Attending of The Year Award
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Sharpshooter Pistol Qualification
Sharpshooter Rifle Qualification
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Surgery Intern of the Year
Battle “E” Award
Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

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