– Jeffrey Bernstein, MD, FACS, a vascular surgeon at The Doctors Clinic and Co-Medical Director of Peri-Operative Services at Harrison Medical Center, both in Kitsap County, Wash., recently volunteered his surgical expertise to wounded soldiers coming back from Afghanistan. He provided this care during a two-week rotation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) near Kaiserslautern, Germany where soldiers can be stabilized before returning to military hospitals in the United States. Dr. Bernstein also is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS).
“We live and work near a large Navy community in Bremerton and are surrounded by members of the military who have volunteered to serve our country,” said Dr. Bernstein. “I have known and admired many physicians who have served in the armed forces and wanted to experience a small part of what they've experienced. My volunteer service at LRMC grew from a desire to offer my energy and skills to assist our soldiers and the physicians who care for them.
“Volunteering at LRMC was professionally rewarding, and I will definitely consider returning again if the program continues to exist,” said Dr. Bernstein. “While at Landstuhl, I had the opportunity to interface with the surgeons and intensive care physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists as we treated injured soldiers, and participated in the operating room care and daily rounds.” He added that while at the LMRC he also gave a Grand Rounds presentation on “Evolving Treatments for Blunt Aortic Trauma.”
“I was never in the military. However, my son Ethan is in the Navy and is enrolled at the Uniformed Service University of Health Science in Bethesda,” noted Dr. Bernstein. “When he graduates, he will be directly participating supporting the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States and the readiness of our Armed Forces.”
The LMRC 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 Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Since September 2007, more than 100 SVS members have volunteered to supplement the limited number of vascular surgeons at the LMRC.
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 national advocate for 4,008 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