Military doctor discusses ethics and careers

Dave L ounsbury '72 speaks with a group of pre-med students in Room 201 new dining Commons buildindg during a lunch planned for his visit.

on table right: unidentified student, Dave, Lauren Shapiro '10, Quan Ho '11, Leah Carr '10, suzanna ??? of maine or mass.,  MAINE OR MASS., Shashi Shankar '12, Allie of Cohassett, Mass.,

The COLLEGE KEY presents Dave Lounsbury ’72 FACP, MD - 2009 College Key Distinguished Alumnus in Residence - “There are tears in things” War Surgery in Afghanistan & Iraq - 7:30 pm, Chase Lounge. Reception afterwards. Physician and retired U.S. Army Col. Dave Lounsbury ’72 is an expert in military medicine and ethics who has served with combat field units in the First Gulf War, the Balkans, Turkey and the current Iraq War. He is co-editor of War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003–2007, published in 2008 following a number of U.S. Army attempts to censor the book due to its graphic nature. The book’s subject matter and the circumstances surrounding its publication have since prompted discussion and reviews by The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and the New England Journal of Medicine.  In 2004, Lounsbury was featured in the PBS NOVA episode “Life and Death in the War Zone,” in which he spoke and wrote about the ethical complexity of medical care during wartime. “At its most challenging, it can leave [military medical personnel] feeling they're serving two masters: Hippocrates and Uncle Sam,” he wrote.  Biology major at Bates, he earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont.  He is the former director of the Borden Institute, the publishing agency of the U.S. Army Medical Department at Walter Reid Hospital. Students who wish to meet one-on-one with Dr. Lounsbury during his March 22-24 visit to campus may set up an appointment by contacting Beth Sheppard at the Office of College Advancement, or 785-8251

Doctor and retired U.S. Army Col. Dave Lounsbury ’72 speaks with pre-med students during a lunch planned for his College Key Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence visit. An expert in military medicine and ethics, he is co-editor of the nationally discussed volume “War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007.” [More…]