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MAJ(R) Bill Vasios, APA-C Special Ops Enlisted to Officer: Ultrasound and Telemed on the Battlefield

MAJ(R) Vasios served in the Army Special Forces in many capacities over his 34-year career. After a successful enlisted career in the 75th Ranger Regiment and 1st and 3rd Special Forces Group, he left the Army to attend the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Course.

Following his PA certification, he returned to the Army for a deployment to Iraq and two deployments to Afghanistan as part of the Special Forces. He subsequently developed the Special Operator Level Clinical Ultrasound (SOLCUS) training into a critical operational ultrasound program in the DOD.

MAJ(R) Vasios also played a pivotal role in helping develop telemedicine on the battlefield, serving as the Chief of Telemedicine, which focused on two-way communication between a surgeon and a remote medic performing complex procedures on critically injured patients.

In this episode, MAJ Vasios discusses his career in the Ranger Regiment and the Special Forces. He then dives into his decision to become a PA and serve as a junior officer after years of being enlisted. He discusses how he became proficient in ultrasound and helped develop ultrasound into a technology to be used on the battlefield. He then discusses his role in prolonged field care and the development of telemedicine on the battlefield. The episode finishes with anecdotes about his experience developing the African Snakebite and Antivenin training.

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

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1 Comment

Matt Butcher
Matt Butcher
Aug 21, 2022

Awesome interview Nico!

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