Major Sherman Cottle, M.D. is Galactica's Chief Medical Officer. As the fleet operates with a minimal crew complement leading up to its expected decommissioning, Cottle is the only qualified physician and chief surgeon aboard the Alliance naval fleet, supported by a handful of medics such as Layne Ishay, Leonard McCoy, Stephen Franklin and Beverly Crusher. While Cottle acts as the Fleet's de facto Surgeon General, conducting inspections on other ships, there are also civilian physicians like Dr. Robert (The Woman King) and Dr. Stoffa (Hero), though the latter might be a clinical psychologist and not a medical doctor.

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