CHICAGO – Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) member, Michael S. Weingarten, M.D., of Penn Valley, PA, volunteered to spend two weeks treating wounded coalition soldiers transported from Afghanistan to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“Each of my rotations - in 2009, 2010, 2011, and now in 2012 - has strengthened my motivation to care for wounded troops and give back to my country,” said Dr. Weingarten.
“This was the busiest of my four tours. My time was spent contributing my skills in the operating room and intensive care unit. What I again witnessed was extraordinary care provided by the health care team in an atmosphere of transition and diversity, utmost professionalism, and compassion.
“I was honored again to be part of the LRMC health care team. I have signed up to return for a fifth time in May of 2013.”
As a volunteer surgeon at LRMC from May 27 – June 9, 2012, Dr. Weingarten applied his vascular surgery skills to reconnect damaged veins and arteries. This helped to save limbs as well as the lives of coalition forces.
LRMC is the largest American hospital outside the United States and an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Trauma Center. Since 2001, the medical staff at LRMC has treated more than 64,000 patients from Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Since Sept. 2007, 84 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 2012-2013 SVS President Peter Gloviczki, MD. “As vascular surgeons, we help repair damaged arteries and veins of coalition military personnel in the Global War on Terror."
It was in 2006 that 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 2011-2012 SVS members desiring to volunteer at LRMC.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
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