May 17, 2012 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO – Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) member, Michael Southworth, M.D., of Madbury, N.H., 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.
“It’s hard to describe my feelings regarding the critical care surgery I participated in at LRMC,” said Dr. Southworth of Thoracic and Vascular Associates in Somersworth, N.H. “The level of medical care provided to military personnel was exceptional.”
From April 15-28, 2012, Dr. Southworth served as a member of that exceptional team. His expertise reconnecting damaged veins and arteries helped to save limbs and lives.
During Dr. Southworth’s two weeks at LRMC, three US governors visited the hospital. “I was never prouder than when the trauma chief expressed his gratitude to SVS for providing - virtually uninterrupted - vascular surgeons over the past several years,” he said. “The chief stated that vascular surgeons have proved to be invaluable. “
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, 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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