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 Mountain View, CA, Vascular Surgeon Provides "Hands-on" Support for the Troops

​November 4, 2011 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 scknutson@vascularsociety.org
 
CHICAGO – Vascular surgeon, Tej Singh, MD, of Mountain View, CA,
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.

“The whole experience - from immediate injury to transport, definitive care, and return to the States - is streamlined and provides the best care for our military,” said Tej Singh, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Clinical Director of Vascular Surgery at El Camino Hospital, and Chief of Vascular Surgery at Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. “The dedication, gratitude and teamwork concept at LRMC is second to none.”

As a LRMC medical team member, Dr. Singh contributed his much-needed surgical skills. “I participated in the operating room and educated the staff on vascular topics,” he said. “In the end, I think they taught me more about myself as a doctor.”
 
A highlight of the two-week experience was transporting a patient onto a medically-equipped aircraft at nearby Ramstein Air Force Base. The plane headed to a military hospital in the States. Dr. Singh also participated in a video teleconference with doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “LRMC is a very special place and I’ve gained a great deal of respect for US military medical care,” he said.

Dr. Singh’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from Oct. 15-30, 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.
 
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