Neu­ro­surgery team of­fers pre­sen­ta­tion on mis­sion trip

The Kent Island Bay Times - - OBITUARIES -

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@

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