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 Penn Valley, Pa. Vascular Surgeon Volunteers to Treat Soldiers Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan

August 2, 2010

Contact: Jill Goodwin | 312-334-2308

CHICAGO – Michael S. Weingarten, MD, a vascular surgeon with Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, volunteered from July 17 – Aug. 1, to fill a slot in the surgery rotation in Landstuhl, Germany, where many of the soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are treated.

He joined 68 fellow members of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) (who volunteered through July 2010) in relieving the limited number of military vascular surgeons in military hospitals in the United States and internationally.

“Our members understand how important expert surgeons are to the military in saving the lives and limbs of these young military heroes,” said Anton N. Sidawy, MD, SVS president. “In 2007, we were asked to help by SVS member, retired Col. David Gillespie, who at the time was the vascular surgery consultant, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and a professor of surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center. Our members quickly and generously responded. I am proud to represent members of a specialty that unselfishly contribute where they are needed.”

Injuries incurred in the Iraq war are unique in that they include blast injuries and high-velocity injuries from crashes. Vascular surgeons repair the damaged arteries and veins that are injured by using both minimally invasive and open surgery.

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