Maryland General Hospital Surgeon Provides Free Reconstructive Surgery For Second Iraq Soldier

For immediate release: September 12, 2008

Contact:

Marian Callaway

mcallaway@marylandgeneral.org | 410-225-8352

Baltimore, MD – Brian Gastman, M.D., a specialist in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery at Maryland General Hospital, will perform reconstructive surgery on September 16, 2008 for Sgt. Marco Robledo, a returning U.S. Iraq soldier. Sgt. Robledo, who lost half of his left ear, left arm and left leg in an explosion in Taji, Iraq in May 2007, will receive free ear reconstruction at Maryland General.

Sgt. Robledo's surgery is the second reconstructive procedure performed for an Iraq soldier by Dr. Gastman at Maryland General Hospital (the first surgery was performed for Sgt. Jeffrey Colpetzer in May 2008). Throughout the country, soldiers like Sgt. Robledo are being helped through the charitable support of hospitals like Maryland General and the commitment of Iraq Star, a national foundation dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery to assist Iraq war veterans recovering from physical injuries. Dr. Gastman is one of 158 board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons in 38 states, DC and Canada who have generously volunteered their skills to aid wounded soldiers through Iraq Star.

Dr. Gastman and Sgt. Robledo will be available for interviews prior to surgery at 7:00 a.m. on September 16 at Maryland General Hospital. With advance notification and approval, camera crews will be allowed in the operating room during the surgery.

For more information on Maryland General's participation in Iraq Star, contact the Marketing and Public Relations Office at (410) 225-8352.

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