Thursday, February 09, 2006

World-renowned Cardiologist Trades in Lab Coat for Uniform


Pretty cool story about a doctor who always dreamed of a military career and at age 53 finally did it. Quote from the article:
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 9, 2006 With credentials as an Ivy League-college graduate, world-renowned cardiologist and top-ranked university vice president, Dr. Ward Casscells never had a lack of respect -- or success.

The tireless Casscells is a teacher, doctor and champion of humanitarian relief, with countless hours spent tending to victims of hurricanes, tsunamis and terrorist acts. His studies have led to breakthroughs in cardiology, and his years of research on now-spreading avian flu are now deemed cutting edge.

Casscells has served on President Bush's health care advisory committee, at the forefront of humanitarian relief efforts such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 South Asian tsunami.

With more than 30 years of accomplishments behind him, the sky was the limit for Casscells' future. However, instead of a pursuit of fortune or fame, at age 53, Casscells chose a decidedly more modest, and to some shocking, route - the U.S. Army.

"People told me I was too old, not physically fit enough or won't be senior enough to be able to do anything interesting," Casscells said. "None of that was true." In June 2005, Casscells traded his lab coat for a uniform and joined the Army Reserve as a colonel.


Hooah, Col. Casscells!


3 Comments:

Blogger MajorDad said...

As I send new teams off every six months or so, I see guys like this going through their final training at Fort Bliss, Texas. I'm in awe of them...and other "citizen soldiers" even longer in the tooth than I am.

I'm glad that they're able to contribute and help make a difference. I think that the doctors, dentists and other medical professionals that are deploying has a great deal to do with how low the mortality rate is for our wounded in this war so far.

Go get 'em, Doc!

MajorDad1984

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:24:00 AM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

MajorDad said:
"I think that the doctors, dentists and other medical professionals that are deploying has a great deal to do with how low the mortality rate is for our wounded in this war so far."

I agree whole heartedly. I am in awe of ALL the volunteers only too willing to put their life in danger to protect someone else's life.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger charlesdowney said...

Although some may argue that lab coats only serve to keep doctors from being confused with patients, they actually serve several vital purposes. But still Casscells can serve as a doctor in military world.

Friday, September 04, 2009 3:55:00 AM  

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