U.S. Army surgeon who served in Iraq to speak about combat casualty care on the battlefield at noon Friday at UTHSCT

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps who has served as a trauma/burn surgeon in Iraq will speak about combat casualty care on the battlefield from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Hudnall Auditorium on The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler campus.

Leopoldo C. Cancio, MD, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, will present “In Search of New Vital Signs for Combat Casualty Care on the Battlefield: The Role of Heart-Rate Complexity.”

Dr. Cancio will discuss how heart-rate complexity can be used as a new vital sign to determine the medical status of seriously injured soldiers on the battlefield.

Dr. Cancio served in Iraq during 2003, 2005, and 2008, most recently serving as a trauma/burns surgeon at a U.S. Army hospital in Baghdad.

He currently is program manager of Combat Critical Care Engineering at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

In addition, he is a clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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