Dr. Andrea Yancey, a vascular surgeon from Louisville, has completed two weeks of volunteer service treating wounded American soldiers transported from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
“I now have a better understanding and enhanced respect and appreciation for our military,” Yancey said in a press release from the Society for Vascular Surgery, which has provided continuous two-week rotations of vascular surgeons at LRMC for the past four years, the release said.
“The soldiers were young, polite, and grateful,” Yancey said. “Their mental and physical toughness and capacity for resilience were hard to comprehend. In spite of their injuries, they never complained or asked for pain medicine. They did not want to inconvenience anyone.”
Yancey is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Louisville and a surgeon at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville.