Neurosurgery team offers presentation on mission trip
WYE MILLS — “Neurosurgery and Hope — The Mission for Syrian Refugees” is the topic of a special, free presentation by local neurosurgeon Dr. Khalid Kurtom and his operating room team, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.
Kurtom, a neurosurgeon with University of Maryland Community Medical Group — Neurosurgery in Easton, and his four team members will discuss their recent trip to Amman, Jordan, to perform complex, minimally invasive brain and spine surgeries on Syrian refugees who had fled war-torn Syria to live in refugee camps in Jordan.
Organized by Kurtom and the Syrian American Medical Society, the mission was funded by SAMS, University of Maryland Medical System and many private donations. While at the Istishari Hospital in Amman, the team performed 22 life-changing surgeries on patients who were suffering from a range of debilitating conditions, including bullet wounds and other injuries related to the conflict in Syria, advanced and untreated spinal disease, and previous unsuccessful surgeries.
In addition to Kurtom, surgical nurses Wendy Towers and Suzette Jones, surgical technologist Robert Brault and surgical equipment specialist Steve Lykudis will be on hand to assist in the presentation and answer questions from those in attendance.
For more information or to RSVP for this event, contact Cindy Yost at 410-8209117, ext. 4144, or cyost@ umm.edu.