March 30, 2011 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO – For two weeks, vascular surgeon Andres Katz, of Dallas, TX, volunteered to treat wounded American soldiers transported from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“I volunteered because I wanted to contribute to the military medical force,” said Dr. Katz of Southwest General Surgical in Dallas. The experience proved to be both professionally and personally rewarding.
“I was impressed by the dedication, surgical acumen, and ability of my military peers,” said Dr. Katz. “The personnel were extremely friendly and open. I developed friends among the other volunteers. The support and dedication of the staff to the patients at LRMC is unparalleled. The experience with the wounded soldiers and their families was totally unexpected.”
From March 5-20, Dr. Katz volunteered at LRMC - 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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