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COL(R) Charles R. Scoville, DPT- Applying Lessons Learned in War to Improve Amputee Care

COL(R) Chuck Scoville is a Physical Therapist and received his graduate and doctoral degrees from Baylor University. He has served in various leadership roles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly WRAMC), including Chief of Amputee Patient Care Service. He currently serves as the Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation.

In this episode, Dr. Scoville discusses the unique training and responsibilities Physical Therapists possess in Military Medicine and explains how they function as combat multipliers on the battlefield. He was intimately involved in shaping policy to improve physical performance and conserving the fighting strength while working for the Office of the Army Surgeon General.

He describes his experiences as a Physical Therapist assigned at West Point, charged with caring for a unique group of elite athletes, including Division 1 teams.

Following 9/11, Dr. Scoville explains how the focus of Military PT evolved and how the increased incidence of patients with severe injuries, including upper and lower extremity amputations, led to innovation and advancement in prosthetics and rehabilitation strategies.

Dr. Scoville relates the story of how the requirement for additional space and capabilities led to the development of the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed and how these capabilities expanded to other sites in the United States with the help of Mr. Arnold Fisher and many contributors to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Dr. Scoville relates the many challenges faced by patients with amputations and some amazing stories of how many were able to resume pre-injury activities including returning to serve on Active Duty. The rehabilitation efforts genuinely are a team effort with many critical components not limited to the healthcare providers but also include peer support efforts.

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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