May 02, 2012
Ashley Pitlyk

SLU Surgeon Packs the House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Howard Place, M.D., was the 2nd Annual Visiting Professor for the Combat Wound Initiative Program

Howard Place
Howard Place, M.D.

ST. LOUIS - In a recent visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Howard Place, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, delivered the 2nd Annual Combat Wound Initiative lecture to a full audience.
During the lecture, Place discussed the topic of evaluating and clearing the cervical spine in a traumatized patient. The audience was comprised of Corpsmen, medical students from the Uniformed Services University Health Sciences Center and faculty members from the departments of orthopaedics and surgery.

Following the formal presentation, Place met with the Walter Reed orthopaedic faculty and residents to discuss difficult spine cases.  He also toured the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed prior to his departure.

Place is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. He has served as chief of orthopaedic surgery at Fort Leonard Wood and chief of the orthopaedic service for the 47th Field Hospital in Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991.

Place is a leading expert in spine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his academic practice, Place has volunteered on numerous humanitarian missions, including several to Haiti both before and after the January 2010 earthquake.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.

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