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INTERNATIONAL OPERATION | Ventura surgeons join group for weeklong working holiday in Vietnam

A group of orthopedic surgeons, three from the Ventura County Medical Center, one from Community Memorial Hospital, and the others from San Diego, are on their way to Hanoi, Vietnam, where they will spend one week donating their time and skill to assist Vietnamese orthopedic surgeons with complex and intricate surgeries.

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Heroes amongst us

Damayea Hargett MD and Emily Benson MD specializing in trauma along with Mary Ragsdale MD specializing in joint replacement surgeries such as hips and knees are all orthopedic surgeons at VCMC. Emily went last year to accompany Dr. Serge Kaska another orthopedic surgeon based in San Diego who has contacts in Hanoi. These big-hearted doctors not only paid their own way but also sponsored Petros Frousiakis an orthopedic surgical resident at CMH knowing it would be a great experience for him as well.

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Selfies slice through surgeon stereotype

A father and son suffer serious injuries in a car crash. Medics rush them to separate hospitals. As the boy is prepped for surgery, the surgeon enters and says, "I can't operate. He's my son."

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  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • AO North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Healthcare Volunteers Overseas
  • Physician Assistants Orthopedic Society
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • The Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Sign Fracture Care International
  • Ruth Jackso
  • JROGS
  • VietCal