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CAPT(Ret) Peter Rhee, MD, MPH- Navy Trauma Surgeon Innovating Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Updated: Aug 9, 2022

Dr. Rhee is Board Certified in General Surgery and surgical critical care and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served in the Navy for 26 years in many important roles in the operational and training environments.

In the episode, he describes what it’s like to be a physician on a nuclear aircraft carrier and perform surgeries while underway at sea. He also relates his experiences helping design small forward surgical units that he would later deploy with to Southwest Asia. He talks about lessons learned on the battlefield caring for casualties which led him to be involved in setting up the Navy Trauma Training Center in Los Angeles which sustains skills and prepares teams for downrange requirements.

Dr. Rhee recalls his experience with Mass Casualty incidents of more than 200 patients and provides a behind-the-scenes look into the challenges encountered by medical providers when needs overwhelm resources and how tough decisions have to be made. CAPT Rhee explains how the lessons he learned during his training and during operational assignments led him to be a founding member on the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee

Following retirement, Dr. Rhee help prepare the trauma system to deal with a significant MASCAL situation in Tucson, AZ in 2014 during a mass shooting event at a political event.

He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

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