CHICAGO – Once again, Society for Vascular Surgery® member, Andres Katz, M.D., of Dallas, TX, volunteered to spend two weeks treating wounded American soldiers transported from Afghanistan to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
“Again, I am humbled by the experience,” said Dr. Katz, after his two-week vascular surgery rotation at Landstuhl. “The volume of patients these last two weeks was less than last year due to winter conditions down range.”
From Feb. 19 - Mar. 3, 2012, Dr. Katz applied his vascular surgery skills to help Wounded Warriors. “The level of care there is outstanding,” said Dr. Katz. “During rounds, dietitians, psychologists, pulmonary specialists and specialty nurses participated. It was extremely useful to be able to experience these military protocols that can be used in handling civilian situations.”
As the largest American hospital outside the United States, LRMC is 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.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
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