CHICAGO – For the third time, vascular surgeon, Michael S. Weingarten, MD, of Penn Valley, PA, 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 teamwork and expertise of military and civilian surgeons make a difference in survival and outcome for patients,” said Dr. Weingarten, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS). “Extraordinary telecommunications make it possible for surgeons ‘down range’ to speak with the staff at LRMC and hospitals in the USA.
“As a vascular surgeon I was pleased to be a part of the team. I found that my participation in complex general and thoracic surgical cases was appreciated.”
In 2011, Dr. Weingarten was named a “Top Doctor” by Philadelpia Magazine. Dr. Weingarten is the medical director for both the Hahnemann Hospital Comprehensive Wound Healing Program and the Drexel University College of Medicine Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. In addition, he is the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.
For the past three years, Dr. Weingarten has traveled to LRMC with his wife, Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF, an associate professor at Villanova University College of Nursing and a volunteer with Chaplains Wounded Warrior Ministry.
From July 23 to August 7, 2011, Dr. Michael Weingarten served as a volunteer vascular surgeon at LRMC. As the largest American hospital outside the United States, more than 66,000 military personnel have been treated at LRMC since 2004.
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."
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.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the United States advocate for 3,550 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at www.VascularWeb.org
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