Dr. Peter Rhee - University of Arizona

2015 Health Professions “Kick-Off” Lecture
Dr. Peter Rhee
Dr. Rhee is currently the Chief of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns and
Emergency Surgery as well as Professor of Surgery at the University of
Arizona. He is also Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of
Surgery at University of Arizona and holds the Martin Gluck Endowed
Chair. Previously, Dr. Rhee held appointments as Director of the Navy
Trauma Training Center; Attending Surgeon at Los Angeles County
Medical Center; Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern
California; and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is a retired US Navy Captain following
24 years of active duty.
Dr. Rhee recently released “Trauma Red” which tells the incredible life
story of Rhee, the trauma surgeon who helped save Congresswoman
Gabby Giffords­– from his upbringing in South Korea and Africa to the
gripping dramas he faces in a typical day as a medical genius. The book
chronicles the patient cases Rhee has handled over two decades on Iraq
and Afghanistan battle fronts, where he served as a frontline U.S. Navy
surgeon trying to save young American soldiers, and the urban zones
of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where he has been confronted by
an endless stream of bloody victims of civilian violence and accidents.
Tough and outspoken, Rhee isn’t afraid to take on the politics of violence
in America and a medical community that too often resists innovation.
His story provides an inside look into a fascinating medical world, a place
where lives are saved every day.
FEBRUARY 16, 2015 | 5 PM
The University of Arizona | Student Union Memorial Center, Gallagher Theater
Free and open to the public
5:00–6:00 pm Screening “Level One Trauma”, originals.azpm.org/levelone
Level One Trauma, an Arizona Public Media original, is a revealing, personal, and gripping look “behind the scenes” at the University
of Arizona Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center. This documentary takes the audience inside a trauma unit as first responders,
doctors, nurses and other specialists struggle to save lives on a daily basis. It also focuses on very personal stories shared by patients
and their families about their survival and care. originals.azpm.org/levelone/
6:00–7:00 pm Keynote Address by Dr. Peter Rhee
Presented in partnership with the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science Pre-Health Professions Advising Center,
the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Medicine-Tucson and Arizona Public Media
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