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Lexington vascular surgeon provides ‘hands-on’ support to troops

Dr. Ehab Sorial is a vascular surgeon at the University of Kentucky.

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2012) — Dr. Ehab Sorial of the University of Kentucky, a Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) member, recently 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.

“This was my first volunteer experience at LRMC,” Sorial said. “I wanted to help the soldiers who serve our country. I believe it’s an honor to be able to participate in our military.”

Sorial said he is grateful for the unique military and the civilian healthcare opportunity.

“For me, the experience provided insight into the sacrifices endured by our military personnel,” he said.

From July 8-21, 2012, Sorial served as a volunteer surgeon at LRMC. He applied his vascular surgery skills to reconnect damaged veins and arteries thereby saving limbs and lives. Determined to share his medical expertise, Sorial will return to LRMC as a volunteer vascular surgeon in July 2013.

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, 84 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 2012-2013 SVS President Peter Gloviczki, MD. “As vascular surgeons, we help repair damaged arteries and veins of coalition military personnel in the Global War on Terror.”