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The Intersection of Military Service and Trauma Surgery- Col Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, SM, FACS

Title: Navigating the Frontlines of Military Medicine: An Interview with Dr. Jeremy Cannon


In the world of medicine, few professions are as challenging, demanding, and ultimately rewarding as that of a trauma surgeon. The role is especially critical when the theatre of operation shifts from the well-equipped hospitals to the unpredictable frontlines of a war zone. In this podcast episode of WarDocs, we get an insider's perspective from an exceptional guest - Dr. Jeremy Cannon, a trauma surgeon who has served both on Active Duty and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.



From his early days at the Air Force Academy to his time at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cannon's career trajectory is as fascinating as it is inspiring. He has honed his expertise in trauma surgery and critical care and played a pivotal role in developing the Air Force's adult ECMO program. His contributions to the Excelsior Surgical Society, an organization committed to preserving combat casualty care lessons, have been significant.


The episode takes us on a riveting journey through Dr. Cannon's deployment stories in Iraq and Afghanistan. The challenges he faced, the unique circumstances under which he operated, and the life-altering experiences he encountered have all shaped his perspective on trauma surgery. One particularly moving tale is about how he saved the life of an Iraqi boy, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the immense value of his role in these conflict-ridden regions.



Dr. Cannon also opens up about his time as the Deputy Director for Clinical Services in Bagram, Afghanistan, where he managed casualty flow and made critical evacuation decisions. His experiences are a stark reminder of the realities of war and the invaluable role of medical professionals in these contexts.


The episode then shifts to Dr. Cannon's current role at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring his civilian medical practice and comparing it to his military experiences. We delve into his significant contributions to the David Grant Medical Center research unit. His discussion on the biggest concerns for trauma and critical care readiness in the total force offers a compelling insight into the intersection of medicine, trauma surgery, and military service.


This podcast episode provides a rare and insightful glimpse into the world of military medicine. The sacrifices, the victories, the learnings, and the relentless commitment of professionals like Dr. Cannon encapsulate this noble profession's essence. For those fascinated by the world of military medicine, this episode is not to be missed. Tune in and join us on this journey from the battlefield to the trauma bay with Dr. Jeremy Cannon.


The interview featuring Dr. Cannon is available on all major podcast platforms. Here are some popular links that will bring you directly to the episode:

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