60 episodes

Welcome to WarDocs!

This is a podcast developed and hosted by 3 Army surgeons, Doug, Wayne and Kevin who all possess a passion to preserve the oral history of Military Medicine and get the stories of these healthcare heroes to the podcast community.

We will take a behind the scenes look into unique opportunities and experiences told firsthand from current and former military physicians/providers and provide interesting and informative content about the mission, history, contributions, and achievements of medical officers from all different specialties.

You will better understand what military physicians do in deployed environments as well as their peacetime mission and how they train for the next conflict.

You will also hear some incredible stories of how these WarDocs bring first class medical care from Level 1 Trauma Centers to the most austere of conditions in every corner of the globe

Please visit our website at www.wardocspodcast.com to get additional information about our hosts and our guests and
follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you like war stories and medical drama, WarDocs has you covered. Spread the word!

WarDocs - The Military Medicine Podcast Doug Soderdahl, Wayne Causey, Kevin Kniery

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 89 Ratings

Welcome to WarDocs!

This is a podcast developed and hosted by 3 Army surgeons, Doug, Wayne and Kevin who all possess a passion to preserve the oral history of Military Medicine and get the stories of these healthcare heroes to the podcast community.

We will take a behind the scenes look into unique opportunities and experiences told firsthand from current and former military physicians/providers and provide interesting and informative content about the mission, history, contributions, and achievements of medical officers from all different specialties.

You will better understand what military physicians do in deployed environments as well as their peacetime mission and how they train for the next conflict.

You will also hear some incredible stories of how these WarDocs bring first class medical care from Level 1 Trauma Centers to the most austere of conditions in every corner of the globe

Please visit our website at www.wardocspodcast.com to get additional information about our hosts and our guests and
follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you like war stories and medical drama, WarDocs has you covered. Spread the word!

    Major General (R) Elder Granger, MD- Leading a Multi-National Battlefield Health System in Iraq and Executing a $20+ Billion Worldwide Defense Health Program

    Major General (R) Elder Granger, MD- Leading a Multi-National Battlefield Health System in Iraq and Executing a $20+ Billion Worldwide Defense Health Program

       Dr. Granger is a board-certified hematologist/oncologist and served as the Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.   He also led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command, and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq.  He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department and deployed multiple times. 

      He is currently the President and CEO of THE 5Ps, a health care, education, and leadership consulting organization.

       In this episode, you will hear some remarkable stories from Dr. Granger’s vast experience coordinating medical support for an entire theatre of war and how he facilitated the introduction of an electronic health record and other new medical technology on the battlefield.  He also describes behind-the-scenes decisions associated with executing a 20+ billion-dollar budget for the Defense Health Plan.  Dr. Granger then relates how his military medical experiences prepared him for successful roles in civilian healthcare and consultation.

      Dr. Granger shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

                                            

    To find out more about Dr. Granger at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and join our mission to preserve military medicine achievements WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

     

    The WarDocs Mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine.

     

    Listen to the What We are For Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

     

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine. A tax receipt will be sent to you. 

     

    WARDOCS documents the experiences, contributions, and innovations of all military medicine Services, ranks, and Corps who are affectionately called "Doc" as a sign of respect, trust, and confidence on and off the battlefield that demonstrates dedication to the medical care of fellow comrades in arms.

     

              Follow Us on social media

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    CAPT(Ret) Peter Rhee, MD, MPH- Navy Trauma Surgeon Leading Innovation in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Training, and Unit Design

    CAPT(Ret) Peter Rhee, MD, MPH- Navy Trauma Surgeon Leading Innovation in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Training, and Unit Design

      Dr. Rhee is Board Certified in General Surgery and surgical critical care and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He served in the Navy for 26 years in many important roles in the operational and training environments.

      In the episode, he describes what it’s like to be a physician on a nuclear aircraft carrier and perform surgeries while underway at sea.  He also relates his experiences helping design small forward surgical units that he would later deploy with to Southwest Asia.  He talks about lessons learned on the battlefield caring for casualties which led him to be involved in setting up the Navy Trauma Training Center in Los Angeles which sustains skills and prepares teams for downrange requirements. 

      Dr. Rhee recalls his experience with Mass Casualty incidents of more than 200 patients and provides a behind-the-scenes look into the challenges encountered by medical providers when needs overwhelm resources and how tough decisions have to be made.   CAPT Rhee explains how the lessons he learned during his training and during operational assignments led him to be a founding member on the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee 

      Following retirement, Dr. Rhee help prepare the trauma system to deal with a significant MASCAL situation in Tucson, AZ in 2014 during a mass shooting event at a political event.

       He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

    To find out more about Dr. Rhee at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and join our mission to preserve military medicine achievements WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

                                 

    The WarDocs Mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine.

     

    Listen to the What We are For Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

     

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine. A tax receipt will be sent to you. 

     

    WARDOCS documents the experiences, contributions, and innovations of all military medicine Services, ranks, and Corps who are affectionately called "Doc" as a sign of respect, trust, and confidence on and off the battlefield that demonstrates dedication to the medical care of fellow comrades in arms.

     

              Follow Us on social media

    Twitter: @wardocspodcast

    Facebook: WarDocs Podcast

    Instagram: @wardocspodcast

    • 52 min
    COL Ramey Wilson, MD, MPH- Special Operations Command Surgeon: Understanding the Big Picture of Medical Support for Unconventional Missions

    COL Ramey Wilson, MD, MPH- Special Operations Command Surgeon: Understanding the Big Picture of Medical Support for Unconventional Missions

      COL (Dr.) Ramey Wilson served as Command Surgeon for Special Operations Command-Africa, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. He also served as the Battalion Surgeon for the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 2-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He presently is the Operational Medicine Advisor for the Center for Global Health Engagement, where he uses these unique experiences to train the next generation.

       In this episode Dr. Wilson describes his career in operational medicine and how prior experience as a field artillery officer shaped his medical career.  He provides some valuable insights about how Military Medicine supports the warfighters in the most geographically remote places on the planet where the nearest allied or host nation hospital is hundreds of miles away.  He explains how military medicine providers must often balance medical and operational priorities when advising operational line commanders.  He also is committed to research and academics and describes his role in supporting these efforts at the Uniformed University of Health Science (USUHS) and as an editor for Military Medicine, the official international peer-reviewed journal of AMSUS. 

     He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

        

      Find out more about COL Wilson at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios or become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

     

    The WarDocs Mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine.

     

    Listen to the “What We are For” Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

     

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine. A tax receipt will be sent to you. 

     

    WARDOCS documents the experiences, contributions, and innovations of all military medicine Services, ranks, and Corps who are affectionately called "Doc" as a sign of respect, trust, and confidence on and off the battlefield that demonstrates dedication to the medical care of fellow comrades in arms.

     

            Follow Us on social media

    Twitter: @wardocspodcast

    Facebook: WarDocs Podcast

    Instagram: @wardocspodcast

    • 1 hr 18 min
    MG(R) Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS- Surgeon, Soldier, Educator, Leader- Shaping the Future of Military Medicine

    MG(R) Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS- Surgeon, Soldier, Educator, Leader- Shaping the Future of Military Medicine

      Dr. Thomas describes his career pathway from training and practicing as a dentist and later attending medical school and becoming a board-certified ENT-Head and Neck Surgeon.  He explains the similarities and differences between Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and ENT and how their missions are complimentary.  Dr. Thomas relates his experiences while stationed at Fort Campbell, KY where he served as the 101st Airborne Division Surgeon and later as the Commander of the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

      MG(R) Thomas has deployed to Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan in a variety of clinical and leadership roles.  He shares some interesting anecdotes and what he learned in each of these assignments.

      MG (R) Thomas also served as the Chief of the Army Medical Corps and describes some of the challenges faced by Military Physicians and the steps he made to ensure doctors were prepared to handle deployment requirements and stay proficient in their practices.  He also played a major role in the execution plan to stand up the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and describes the obstacles and opportunities he encountered in setting this organization for success in its role in the Military Health System.

      Following his retirement from Military Service, Dr. Thomas served as the President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science- America’s Medical School.  He talks about the purpose and benefits of having a military medical school and some of the barriers he faced in ensuring this institution continued to produce excellent military medicine team members prepared to support the military’s mission at home and in combat.

       He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

                   

    To find out more about Dr. Thomas at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and join our mission to preserve military medicine achievements WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

    The WarDocs Mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine.

    Listen to the What We are For Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine.

     

    WARDOCS documents the experiences and contributions of all military medicine Services, ranks, and Corps who are affectionately called "Doc" as a sign of respect, trust, and confidence on and off the battlefield; only we can do what we do.

              Follow Us on social media

    Twitter: @wardocspodcast

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    • 46 min
    MG(R) George Weightman, MD- Commander, Command Surgeon- Optimizing Medical Support to Combat Units Across the Globe

    MG(R) George Weightman, MD- Commander, Command Surgeon- Optimizing Medical Support to Combat Units Across the Globe

       Dr. Weightman discusses his lifetime of military service as a West Point cadet, infantry officer, and physician. He served as the 82nd Airborne Division Surgeon and describes his planning and execution of Operations Just Cause (combat jump into Panama) and Desert Storm. He also describes how he used these experiences to synchronize the medical knowledge of these conflicts to help implement cutting-edge battlefield care.

      Dr. Weightman relates a behind-the-scenes look at the medical response to the Green Ramp disaster in 1994 at Fort Bragg where a mid-air collision of an F-16 and C-130 led to 23 fatalities and over 80 injured paratroopers that were brought to Womack Army Medical Center and surrounding hospitals.  

       He reflects on his time as the Commander of Joint Task Bravo in Honduras and describes the military medical mission in Central America. 

       Following 9/11, MG(R) Weightman played a large role in the planning and preparation for OEF and OIF as Commander of the 3rd MEDCOM, a Reserve Medical Command in Fort McPherson, GA. He shares many lessons learned while working with coalition partners and how he brought these into his role as the Commander of the AMEDD Center and School in San Antonio (now called the Medical Center of Excellence)

       He commanded Walter Reed during the Washington Post articles and describes his perspectives on that issue and how to lead in difficult circumstances.  He also led the storied Army Medical Research and Material Command and explains how the DoD is committed to supporting innovative research designed to benefit the warfighter and other beneficiaries.

       He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

                                   

    Our Mission is to honor the legacy and preserve the oral history of military medicine to foster patriotism, inspire selfless service, and leverage lessons learned to improve military and civilian healthcare in the future. 

    Listen to the What We are For Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine.

    To find out more about Dr. Weightman at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and join our mission to preserve military medicine achievements WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

     

    Follow Us on social media

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lt Gen (Ret) Bruce Green, MD- 20th Air Force Surgeon General Shapes Military Medicine using Crises Leadership Experience Gained in every Region of the World

    Lt Gen (Ret) Bruce Green, MD- 20th Air Force Surgeon General Shapes Military Medicine using Crises Leadership Experience Gained in every Region of the World

    Dr. Green served as the 20th Air Force Surgeon General from August 12, 2009, to July 19, 2012. Hear in this episode his training to become an aerospace medicine physician. He led through multiple crises in the Pacific, commanded multiple military hospitals, including Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, helped lead Air Force medicine following 9/11, and oversaw aeromedical evacuation for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi freedom. He also provides a unique look into the role of a Command Surgeon from his experiences with US Transportation Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. An expert in disaster relief operations, he planned and led humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines after the Baguio earthquake in 1990 and supported Operation Fiery Vigil following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. He explains that his experience in his multiple roles facilitated his ability to foster innovation that led to significant improvements in combat casualty care.

       He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

                                                     

    Our Mission is to improve military and civilian healthcare and foster patriotism by honoring the legacy, preserving the oral history, and showcasing career opportunities, experiences, and achievements of military medicine.

    Listen to the What We are For Episode 47. https://bit.ly/3r87Afm

    WarDocs- The Military Medicine Podcast is a Non-Profit, Tax-exempt-501(c)(3) Veteran Run Organization run by volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to honoring and preserving the history, experiences, successes, and lessons learned in military medicine.

    To find out more about Dr. Green at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and join our mission to preserve military medicine achievements WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.

     

    Follow Us on social media

    Twitter: @wardocspodcast

    Facebook: WarDocs Podcast

    Instagram: @wardocspodcast

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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89 Ratings

RobertN802 ,

How DOD Medicine really works.

Some outstanding insight into how DOD medicine has worked during the past 20 years of war. Thru the eyes of the providers and the patients!

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War Dogs

I listened to my first PodCast with CSM(ret) Delvalle and I will support your charity. I have seen the list of speakers and I will enjoy lessons that are part of history!

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Best stories from the forefront of military medicine!

This podcast really highlights those who have and are serving at the very forefront of military medicine. These are true LEADERS in their field telling their life stories in such a humble and inspirational manner. There is something for everyone and their interests in military medicine from operational, medical, and surgical experts.

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