CHICAGO – Vascular surgeon, Phillip Church, MD, of Austin, TX, 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.
“This was my third annual trip to LRMC as a volunteer vascular surgeon,” said Phillip Church, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “For those two weeks, I was kept quite busy which resulted in professional and personal rewards.”
Dr. Church’s much-needed vascular expertise added to LRMC’s fine-tuned medical team. “I felt needed and appreciated,” he said. “I feel I have a special duty to contribute. I plan to volunteer at LRMC as long as there is a need and I am able.”
Dr. Church’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from Sept. 17- Oct. 2, 2011. As the largest American hospital outside the United States, LRMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Since 2001, the medical staff at LRMC has treated more than 64,000 Wounded Warriors.
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 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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