CHICAGO – Vascular surgeon, Kurt Wengerter, MD, of Englewood, 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.
“The rotation at Landstuhl was personally rewarding because it allowed me the opportunity to assist in caring for brave soldiers who truly do risk so much,” said Dr. Wengerter. “I considered it an honor to be able to provide vascular surgical expertise to the very experienced military physicians and trauma surgeons serving there.”
While at LRMC, Dr. Wengerter cared for wounded military personnel who were on their way to the United States for further care. “I was glad to be able to be of service in a time of need,” he said. “It was impressive to witness the efficiency of the trauma care and military medical transport systems.”
Dr. Wengerter’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from June 11-26, 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. “The Society for Vascular Surgery is proud to have provided continuous two-week rotations of vascular surgeons at LRMC for the past four years,” said 2011-2012 SVS President Dr. Richard Cambia.
“As vascular surgeons, we help to repair the damaged arteries and veins of Allied military personnel in the Global War on Terror," he said.
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 of SVS surgeons ready to volunteer at LRMC.
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