CHICAGO – For the third time, vascular surgeon, George S. Lavenson, Jr, MD, of Lahania, HI, 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.
“I volunteered for two weeks at LRMC because I wanted to help cover the need for vascular surgery for our military personnel,” said Dr. Lavenson.
“Our military must be afforded the best care possible. I provided additional services to the excellent care already afforded military personnel by the team at LRMC.
"The experience was rewarding but somewhat difficult because of the seriousness of the injuries. I also volunteered because I wanted to be back with my military ‘band of brothers and sisters.’”
A retired U.S. Army Medical Officer, Dr. Lavenson served at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam from 1968-1969. He returned to active duty during the Gulf War and served at the 44th Evacuation Hospital in Saudi Arabia along the Iraqi border. An Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Lavenson continues to teach Advanced Trauma Life Support.
From May 25, 2011 to June 12, 2011, Dr. Lavenson 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 LRMC. “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.
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