CHICAGO – For the third time, vascular surgeon Joseph Schneider of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL, 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 volunteered because I wanted to assist in the care of the brave young men and women who are courageous and who make incredible sacrifices,” said Dr. Schneider. “There are a few patients during each of my rotations who benefit from the presence of a vascular specialist. I am proud of my Society (for Vascular Surgery) for supplying uninterrupted vascular surgery consultation at LRMC for nearly four years.
“At LRMC, the trauma/critical care physicians provide the bulk of the care for the injured and ill service members. There are occasions when those physicians appreciate the assistance of our specialty. They told me, ‘We don’t want you to be busy, but when we need you, we need you right away.’”
Dr. Schneider’s volunteer service at LRMC extended from March May 14-29, 2011. LRMC is the largest American hospital outside the United States. Since 2004, 66,000 military personnel have been treated at LRMC.
Since Sept. 2007, 72 Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) members have volunteered to supplement the limited number of vascular surgeons at the medical center. “Speaking on behalf of SVS leadership and all of its members, we are extremely proud of the vascular surgeons who donate their time to help treat war injuries,” said 2010-2011 SVS President Dr. Robert Zwolak of New Hampshire.
“Vascular surgeons repair damaged arteries and veins through traditional open surgical techniques. Our member volunteers are determining the value of endovascular methods in these most challenging and difficult cases."
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.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
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