CHICAGO – Vascular surgeon, Andrea Yancey, MD, of
Louisville, KY, 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 now have a better understanding and enhanced respect and appreciation for our military,” said Dr. Yancey, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS). “The soldiers were young, polite, and grateful. Their mental and physical toughness and capacity for resilience were hard to comprehend. In spite of their injuries, they never complained or asked for pain medicine. They did not want to inconvenience anyone.
“The injured arrived daily and stories of heroism followed. The average span of time from injury to arrival at the operative theater was less than half an hour. Survival rates are high.”
Dr. Yancey is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics, at the University of Louisville. In addition, she is a surgeon at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville.
From June 25, 2011 to July 10, 2011, Dr. Yancey 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.
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