Tales from a Trauma Surgeon: From War Zones to Inner City America, to Saving the Life of Gabby Giffords

Monday, September 01, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 5, 2014. 

Dr. Peter Rhee played a vital role in saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and 13 wounded. Born in South Korea, Rhee moved with his family to Uganda where he watched his father remove a spear from a man’s belly—and began his lifelong interest in medicine. In Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities Dr. Rhee chronicles the cases he’s handled over two decades on two distinct battle fronts: In Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a frontline US Navy surgeon, and in the urban zones of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where he has been confronted by an endless stream of victims of violence and accidents.


Dr. Peter Rhee

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