Keynote Address: Good Medicine in Bad Places


Day 3: Tuesday, November 13 2018


Colonel Edward P. Horvath


War presents physicians with unusual and unexpected challenges seldom encountered during their past medical training. Dr. Edward Horvath’s compelling account of his experiences in a combat zone will transport the audience from the safe environs of peacetime America to the battlefields of Iraq. There they will confront the realities of war—wounded soldiers, maimed children, a brutal enemy—and struggle with their beliefs about war, terrorism, humanity, and compassion. Dr. Horvath was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy in the 1970’s. He returned to the military in 2004 with the Army Medical Corps and served three deployments in Iraq. In 2011, Colonel Horvath completed a year-long assignment as chief physician for the 256th Combat Support Hospital, where he was responsible for the medical care of over 20,000 soldiers. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in Iraq, and later was honored with one of the nation’s high military awards, the Legion of Merit.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Recognize medical conditions and diseases commonly found in the Middle East 2) identify health hazards encountered by deployed troops and returning veterans 3) explore the capabilities and limitations of the Army Combat Support Hospital, and the challenges faced by military physicians in a hostile environment.

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