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Col (Ret) Todd E. Rasmussen, MD: Advances and Innovations in Vascular Surgery During Wartime

Dr. Rasmussen is a retired Air Force Medical Corps officer, Professor of Surgery, and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota. He described his personal experiences and Military Medicine career in the previous episode (Part 1 of the interview). This episode focuses on the advances in vascular surgery and military surgery driven by the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In this episode, you will hear about what happens when a casualty enters the surgical medical system and the goals and priorities of care after the point of injury. You will also hear about amazing advancements in treating injured blood vessels from a surgical standpoint and what lies ahead in combat casualty care while gaining an understanding of limb revascularization and the options surgeons face when dealing with critically injured combat casualties. Dr. Rasmussen reviews some of the highlights of vascular surgery advances and innovations from World War I to present-day conflicts.

Dr. Rasmussen spent nearly three decades in the military, with his initial vascular surgery career beginning in the National Capitol Region at Andrews AFB in 2001. He received his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and trained in General Surgery at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center. He returned to the Mayo Clinic for fellowship training in vascular surgery. He spent 20 years as a vascular surgeon, with his career spanning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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