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Trauma surgeon teaches lessons learned on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan

John Bini, M.D.

John Bini, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was featured in a Department of Defense video illustrating military and civilian medicine working together.

At Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Bini teaches residents and medical students from the Boonshoft School of Medicine the lessons he learned as a trauma surgeon during three tours on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 “One of the major differences between civilian and military trauma is the magnitude of the injuries,” said Bini, who also is a lieutenant colonel stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s a real steep learning curve when you first show up over there.”

He was in Iraq during the surge in 2007. “We saw a lot of trauma. You realize that this isn’t a game,” he said. “This isn’t practice. You need to do the job. And if you don’t, people are going to die.”

His experiences on the battlefield have made him the surgeon he is today. He said that the best part of his job is when he and his team are working on someone who has no physical right to survive, yet the team is able to save that person’s life.

“If there is anything I can teach my students and my residents, it’s how to think on their feet and how to make decisions and keep their wits about them while they are doing it,” he said. “The rest of the stuff you can learn in books.” 

Last edited on 11/04/2016.