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Plastic Surgeons Play Pivotal Role in War Injury Research
Date:4/17/2008

"We are proud to serve the troops and hope this research will help them to better heal both physically and emotionally, provide a faster return to productive life, and improve their quality of life after injury. The therapies developed will also serve trauma and burn patients in the general public."

The AFIRM is managed and funding is provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, with additional funding from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administration. The $85 million in grant money will be awarded over a period of five years beginning in spring/summer of 2008.

Approximately 25 percent of the AFIRM's physician researchers are board-certified plastic surgeons--many of whom are ASPS Member Surgeons. Other specialties participating in the AFIRM include, but are not limited to, general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and dermatology.

"War has inspired great advances in plastic surgery to correct the awful injuries that are inflicted on its participants," said Dr. D'Amico. "In fact, it was the 'War to End All Wars,' World War I, that challenged plastic surgeons to achieve groundbreaking advances in wound repair and reconstruction. With this latest conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, plastic surgery, once again, is integral to saving and restoring soldiers' lives."

According to the DoD, nearly 29,800 soldiers had been wounded in action in the Iraq war as of April 15, 2008 and 1,927 wounded in Afghanistan operations as of April 12, 2008.

Visit http://www.plasticsurgery.org for referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons and to learn more about cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authori
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