Peter Rhee, Chief of Trauma Care, Univ Medical Center
Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear the news about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I watched the news coverage with sadness, disgust, and anger at how someone committed this obscene act of violence. The terrible incident in Tucson, AZ, whereupon Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others were shot by a deranged assasin this past weekend also highlighted the great work by our emergency room doctors and nurses and EMT's. God bless these people.
What was interesting to see was that Peter Rhee is the chief of the trauma care unit at the University Medical Center at the University of Arizona. I looked up his credentials and came away impressed. This guy is a 24 year military surgeon vet who has treated lots of injuries to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The LA Time had an article on him:
Giffords' surgeon trained on the battlefield
"I was in the Navy 24 years, and I trained to do nothing but battlefield casualty care. When I did go to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wasn't in a hospital. I was in very forward surgical units, so I was very accustomed to working with very little gear and people and personnel, very little resources, with wounds that are very different than civilian injuries," Rhee said Sunday. "Did it prepare me? I would say of course it did. And that makes it so that when we have a mass casualty of 11 people here, it's really not as bad as it can get."
He's had positions as a Professor of Surgery and Molecular Cellular Biology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; and at University of Arizona, he's the Medical Director, UMC Trauma Center, Co-Medical Director, Pediatric ICU Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program Director, and Critical Care Fellowship Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs.
Dr. Rhee is smart, was on the front lines serving his country, and has many accomplishments in his field. We should be grateful we have guys like him around to help out when the shit hits the fan.