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 Lexington Vascular Surgeon Volunteers to Provide "Hands-on" Support for the Troops

August 13, 2012   Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson  312-334-2311 scknutson@vascularsociety.org

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Ehab Sorial, MD, of the University of Kentucky at Lexington, recently 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.

“This was my first volunteer experience at LRMC,” said Dr. Sorial. “I wanted to help soldiers who serve our country. I believe it's an honor to be able to participate in our military.”

For his role, Dr. Sorial is grateful for the unique military / civilian healthcare opportunity. “The experience provided insight into the sacrifices endured by our military personnel,” he stated.

From July 8-21, 2012, Dr. Sorial served as a volunteer vascular surgeon at LRMC. He applied his vascular surgery skills to reconnect damaged veins and arteries thus saving limbs and lives. Ever more determined to share his medical expertise, Dr. Sorial will return to LRMC as a volunteer vascular surgeon in July 2013.

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.

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