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Internationally Renowned Physicians to Speak at Joseph M. Still Research Foundation, Inc.

July 14, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA – David Heimbach, MD, FACS, burn surgeon and professor at University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, and Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Chief of Anesthesiology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, will be guest speakers at the Joseph M. Still Research Foundation meeting, Thurs., July 16, 6:30 p.m. at 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Augusta, GA 30909.

Dr. Heimbach has been affiliated with Harborview Medical Center Burn Center for over 30 years. He will discuss “Bhutan as a Model for Burn Care in Developing Countries.” Dr. Heimbach has a long list of credentials and prestigious awards and honors, including being selected this year by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion. In addition to being professor of surgery at University of Washington, he serves on the American Burn Association’s Verification Committee and is an honorary member of numerous international burn societies, including those of Spain, Chile, Argentina, Japan and Israel.

Dr. Shander will speak on “Immune Mediated Coagulopathy.” Dr. Shander lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to blood conservation, volume resuscitation, acute anemia therapy, surgical blood management, acute normovolemic hemodilution and artificial blood and bloodless medicine and surgery. He is the author of multiple book chapters and contributes to textbooks on blood management. Dr. Shander is also a founding member of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (ASCCA), a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), where he serves as transfusion committee chair. In 1997, Dr. Shander was recognized by Time magazine as one of America's "Heroes of Medicine."

Media reps interested in attending the Research Meeting or learning more about Drs. Heimbach and/or Shander may contact Beth Frits at 706.364.6400.

The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital is a 59-bed burn center that admits over 3,000 patients annually from throughout the Southeast, and 7.6 percent of the nation’s burn patients. The Joseph M. Still Research Foundation was founded by the late Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D. The Research Foundation is a non-profit private organization whose mission is to develop clinical research to improve the care of burn patients.