CHICAGO – Once again, vascular surgeon Paul Haser of New Brunswick, NJ, volunteered to spend two weeks treating wounded American soldiers transported from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“I did my internship with the US Army,” said Dr. Haser, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a surgeon at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. “I volunteered at LRMC in 2009 and found the experience to be both educational and personally rewarding. This time, unfortunately, my services were much more needed. I performed the first thoracic stent graft implant at LRMC."
Dr. Haser’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from March 19 to April 3, 2011. LRMC is the largest American hospital outside the United States. Since 2004, 66,000 military personnel have been treated at LRMC.
Since Sept. 2007, 72 Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) members have volunteered to supplement the limited number of vascular surgeons at the medical center. “Speaking on behalf of SVS leadership and all of its members, we are extremely proud of the vascular surgeons who donate their time to help treat war injuries,” said 2010-2011 SVS President Dr. Robert Zwolak of New Hampshire.
“Vascular surgeons repair damaged arteries and veins through traditional open surgical techniques. Our member volunteers are determining the value of endovascular methods in these most challenging and difficult cases."
In 2007, SVS member and retired U.S. Army Col. David Gillespie of the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and professor of surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., asked Society members to share their medical expertise as volunteer surgeons at LRMC. Immediately, SVS members responded to support the troops. Currently, there is a waiting list for SVS surgeons who are willing to volunteer at LRMC during 2011.
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