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Col. Robert Lyons, M.D.

Sacrifice to Save

February 2004

by Will Sansom

Plastic surgery residency training at the Health Science Center helped prepare Col. Robert Lyons, M.D., for the complex cases he sees at the 21st Combat Support Hospital (CSH) north of Baghdad. A U.S. Army physician who is chief of plastic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, Col. Lyons completed his residency in 2001 under the leadership of Jaime R. Garza, M.D., D.D.S., professor and chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

He is deployed as a general surgeon and serves as the senior physician for the southern portion of the hospital at Sustainer Army Airfield. "We practice in a most austere environment under harsh conditions," he said. Many of the soldiers wounded in the line of duty have blast, fragmentary and burn injuries requiring
life-, limb- and eyesight-saving surgery.

"We miss our families and friends, but we are encouraged whenever our presence leads to saving a fellow soldier’s life, limb or eyesight," Col. Lyons said.


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