September 23, 2011 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO – Milford, CT, vascular surgeon, David Esposito, MD, volunteered to spend two weeks treating wounded soldiers transported from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“I volunteered to go to LRMC because there was a need for vascular surgeons,” said Dr. Esposito. “Our soldiers are sacrificing so much for us. Two weeks of my time is a small sacrifice that I can make for them.”
The experience at the US Army medical center was both personally and professionally rewarding for Dr. Esposito. “I was overwhelmed with the quality of care that our Wounded Warriors receive,” he said. “I learned about the system the US military uses to transfer the care of soldiers expeditiously from the battlefield to the United States. I think Americans would be very proud of the way soldiers are cared for in their time of need.”
Dr. Esposito’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from Sept. 1-18, 2011. As the largest American hospital outside the United States, LRMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Since 2001, the medical staff at LRMC has treated more than 64,000 Wounded Warriors.
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 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.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
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