LTC Dawn Coleman, M.D. returns stateside from tour of duty in Kuwait
Last month, Frankel Cardiovascular Center vascular surgeon LTC Dawn Coleman, M.D., returned from her second tour of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Army Reserve.
Coleman supported the U.S. military hospital in Kuwait by serving in a combat support hospital (CSH), a ‘Role 3’ (intermediate level) field support hospital with the capacity to provide definitive medical and surgical care for many soldiers.
The hospital offers pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and dental capabilities in addition to emergency, critical care, internal medicine and surgical specialty care services.
While in Kuwait, Coleman provided expeditionary surgical services for combat/non-combat traumatic injuries and acute care surgical pathology. She was also heavily involved in the training of CSH providers and host nation military medical forces, which included providing REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) training to forward-moving surgical units and delivering teaching rounds on damage control resuscitation, surgery and vascular trauma to the Kuwait Armed Forces Hospital.
“While this experience was very different from my 2016 deployment with a Forward Surgical Team in central Iraq, my service was meaningful and I greatly valued the team I worked with,” said Coleman. “I’m grateful for all of the support I’ve received from my vascular surgery partners, friends, and colleagues here at Michigan Medicine and am delighted to be home.”