Dayton, OHIO-Local surgeon Mary C. McCarthy, M.D., FACS, has been selected as Senior Visiting Surgeon in the Trauma Combat Care Program through the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). She is only the second woman and the second Ohioan to be chosen for the program, which taps the nation's top trauma surgeons.
McCarthy is now on duty at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), the military's lead facility in Europe for three weeks. She is working alongside military trauma care personnel in daily rounds, bedside patient care, and operative cases. She will also work with military staff surgeons to help promote and address the specific issues of care and the challenges unique to the military combat care services.
According to the AAST, the current military evacuation policy provides that care in theater be given at Level II and Level III facilities. Therefore, injured or sick soldiers are moved from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters to LRMC, a joint medical center under the lead authority of the U. S. Army with medical staff provided by the Army, Air Force, and Navy.
The goal of the Senior Visiting Surgeon in Combat Trauma Care program is to lend a bit of "grey hair" to assist the capable and competent military surgeons at LRMC. The challenges there require a unique combination of clinical expertise and maturity of judgment. This program is designed to lend that combination of proficiency to the care of injured soldiers, and also for the visiting trauma surgeon to suggest how to further improve the processes and systems of care that are currently employed in theater and at LRMC.
"I believe," says McCarthy, "that this experience will help me better train our young Air Force surgeons and that I will bring back with me knowledge that will improve civilian care here."
McCarthy is professor of surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and director of Trauma Services at Miami Valley Hospital. She holds a B.S. in biology from Stanford University, an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed her general surgery residency at University of Texas Southwest Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals in Dallas, Texas. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American College of Surgeons.
The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma was founded in 1938 with the purposes to furnish leadership and to foster advances in the surgery of trauma; to afford a forum for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to research, practice and training in the surgery of trauma; to stimulate investigation and teaching in the methods of preventing, correcting and treating injuries from all types of accidents; to enhance the study and practice of the surgery of trauma by establishing lectureships, scholarships, foundations, and appropriate evaluation procedures in the surgery of trauma where appropriate; to afford recognition to those who have contributed to the surgery of trauma by extending to them membership in the Association. Surgery of trauma is that field of medicine which includes investigation, care and rehabilitation of the injured patient.
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