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Col (ret) David Carmack MD- Ortho Trauma Surgeon Providing Hands-on Training for Downrange Care

Col (ret) Carmack is a fellowship-trained Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon who served in the Air Force. He has deployment experience and has trained healthcare professionals at Military-Civilian Partnerships at Level 1 Trauma Centers. He is currently the Physician Director of the Northern Light Orthopedic Service Line in Bangor, Maine.

In this episode, Dr. Carmack discusses his path into orthopedic surgery and how serving as a GMO impacted his career. He also discusses his role in two civilian-military partnerships, how it better prepared him and his team to manage combat casualties, and the importance of maintaining these mil-civ medical relationships to maintain readiness.

Dr. Carmack also discusses his experience in a deployed theatre and his most memorable cases from that time. We ask him for tips for non-orthopedic providers in caring for patients with orthopedic injuries. He tells us what he thinks are some of the biggest advancements in trauma orthopedic care over the past twenty years. Finally, we discuss his decision to join the Air Force Reserves, what that experience was like, and how he earned an MBA supported by the Reserves.

Col Carmack is a graduate of UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies, followed by Columbia University for his Medical Degree, where he joined the Air Force through the HPSP program. He subsequently did a General Surgery Internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center. After his internship, he served a tour as a General Medical Officer, serving as the Chief of Flight Medicine at Kelly Air Force Base. This was followed by an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He then completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Wayne State University. While on active duty, he served in unique roles as an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston and as part of the C-STARS program at Shock Trauma in Baltimore, Maryland. He deployed to Iraq and Qatar and served at Landstuhl Medical Center. He left Active Duty after 13 years and joined the Air Force Reserves from which he retired in 2014.

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