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"Top Gun" meets "Top Doc": Surgeons and pilots from across the U.S. gather on Thursday and Friday, June 26-27, 2008, at a conference at BWI airport to explore what it takes to work in a high-stakes environment. An astronaut/physician reflects on the view from space, and conference participants will tour a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and two helicopters specially equipped to transport patients.
Surgeons and aviators are highly trained professionals who work in high-stress situations where the outcome of decisions can be life-altering. Aviation has developed detailed training procedures and embraced advanced imaging and data display to boost safety and success. Surgery is beginning to employ many of these same technologies to enhance patient safety and increase the success of operating room procedures.
This conference brings aviators and surgeons together to learn from each other and build on the accomplishments of each discipline.
Presenters include Adrian Park, M.D., MASTRI Center director, head of general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Carlos Godinez, M.D., a former Navy fighter pilot and a surgical fellow at the University of Maryland Medical Center and astronaut David Williams, M.D., who will discuss lessons learned from performing in space that may have application in the operating room.
For patient inquiries, call 1-800-492-5538 or click here to make an appointment.