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2008: Surgeon Volunteers to Treat Soldiers Injured in Iraq
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Surgeon Volunteers to Treat Soldiers Injured in Iraq

WINFIELD, Ill., October 29, 2008 – Dr. Joseph R. Schneider of the Vascular and Interventional Program of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill. has volunteered to serve in the surgery rotation of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. This medical center is where many of the soldiers injured in Iraq are treated.

Dr. Schneider will volunteer October 18 - November 2, 2008. He joins 32 other members of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) in relieving the limited number of vascular surgeons in the military who are filling positions in military hospitals in the United States and abroad.

“We are lucky to have hundreds of physicians who go above and beyond at CDH,” says CDH Medical Staff President John Born, DO. “Dr. Schneider embodies this spirit to go the extra mile that our patients, and our servicemen and women need and deserve.”

“Our members understand how important expert surgeons are to the military in saving the lives and limbs of these young military heroes,” said K. Wayne Johnston, SVS immediate past president. “We were contacted by SVS member Col. David Gillespie, the vascular surgery consultant from the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and a professor of surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center, and our members quickly responded to the call. I am proud to represent a specialty that unselfishly contributes where they are needed.”

Injuries incurred in the Iraq war are unique in that they include blast injuries from IEDs (improvised explosive devise) and high-velocity injuries from crashes. Vascular surgeons repair the damaged arteries and veins by using both minimally invasive and open surgical techniques.

About the Society for Vascular Surgery

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a not-for-profit association that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 2,600 vascular surgeons dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit the Web site at www.VascularWeb.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

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Amy Jo Steinbruecker