Timothy Loth, MD will instruct fellow surgeons on reconstruction wounds suffered by troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CEDAR RAPIDS— May 24, 2011— Dr. Timothy Loth, senior hand surgeon at Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, has been invited by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine to serve as consultant to the Complex Wound and Limb Salvage Center at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. May 26-28, 2011.
Dr. Loth will be instructing fellow surgeons on the reconstruction of challenging war wounds suffered by American troops while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will present lectures to the Departments of Surgery, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Interactive sessions will also be conducted with patients and staff both on-site and by video-teleconference with physicians serving in active war zones. He will conclude his visit with a tour of the Surgical Skills Simulation Laboratory.
Dr. Loth cared for local Air Force hero, SrA Melanie Manley who served in the Iraq war. SrA Manley was transferred to Dr. Loth just 16 days after an IED explosion killed or critically injured all the soldiers in her patrol in Bagdad. She sustained severe burns, and multiple fractures to her shoulder and hand. With reconstructive surgeries and months of intensive physical and occupational therapy, she regained function of her upper extremity and returned to active duty as a survival trainer. Melanie is currently serving in Iraq on her second tour of duty.
With over 30 years of experience in orthopedic hand and microsurgery, Dr. Loth’s academic credentials include the publication of over 25 scientific articles and book chapters. He has also edited best selling orthopedic surgery texts, one of which has been translated into Spanish and distributed internationally. He has given over 100 lectures all over the US and internationally and is a regular invited visiting professor.
Beside his academic activities, Dr. Loth served as the President of the Mid Central States Orthopedic Society and every year is recognized as one of America’s Top Surgeon’s. He studied microsurgery with the “father of microsurgery in the United States,” Dr. Harry Buncke in San Francisco and was the Chief of Hand and Microvascular surgery at St. Louis University before entering private practice 19 years ago in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In March 2011 he was recognized as one of Linn County’s Top 10 Doctors for the second year in a row.
In addition to his busy surgical practice, Dr. Loth found time to coach youth and high school soccer for over 35 years, and also volunteers at the Community Health Free Clinic.
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