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Lutheran Hospital’s Trauma Director Returns from Iraq after Tour of Duty as a Trauma Surgeon

Fort Wayne, Ind. (February 19, 2008) — Donald Reed, MD, (aka LTC Donald N. Reed Jr., MC, USAR) is returning this Thursday to resume his responsibilities as medical director of trauma at Lutheran Hospital after a three-month tour in Tikrit, Iraq. Reed served as a trauma surgeon at the 325th Combat Support Hospital at COB Speicher, Salahad Din Province, Tikrit Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

To celebrate Dr. Reed's safe return, Lutheran administration and staff are having an open house at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in special function rooms three and four, located in the lower level of Lutheran Hospital. Photos from Dr. Reed's tenure in Iraq will also be available.

"Lutheran proudly welcomes back Dr. Reed from helping the victims injured serving our country in Iraq," said Joe Dorko, CEO of Lutheran Hospital. "We acknowledge Dr. Reed and all of our associates who have served or are serving to protect our freedom."

Lutheran Hospital's quest for Level II trauma verification has continued despite Dr. Reed's absence.

"As I anticipated, I'm pleased to report that we're still on target for trauma verification," said Dr. Reed. "Thanks to the physicians of Indiana Surgical Specialists, who provided additional coverage in my absence, there were no gaps in service."

An authentic American flag that was flown over the 325th Combat Support Hospital and presented to Lutheran Hospital by Dr. Reed will be on display at the open house for the first time, later to be displayed in a public location in Lutheran Hospital.

Dr. Reed earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He interned at St. Joseph Hospital, also in Flint, and completed a general surgical residency at McLaren Hospital. He completed a trauma fellowship at Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburg in 1986 and a second at the University of Louisville in 1999.

In 2003, Dr. Reed accepted a commission as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. In 2004, he was deployed as a trauma surgeon to northern Iraq, where he served 100 days in Mosul and Kirkuk before returning to MSU.


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