When: Spring 2016 

Where: Northern Iraq


  • Continue instruction in interventional radiology and related procedures.
  • Ongoing instruction in advanced trauma surgical care.
  • Analysis of Kurdish burn center capabilities in preparation for a burn care course.
  • Establish a training course for the Peshmerga Special Forces in combat casualty care.
  • Analysis of the Kurdish “911” system capabilities and existing infrastructure to prepare an EMS organizational course and advisory services.
  • Establish an area for safekeeping of GSMSG mobile medical clinics.
  • Establish a link with the Erbil/Hawler Medical University in order to explore a joint medical school learning opportunity.
  • Explore a telemedicine link between the University of Miami and the Kurdish Surgical Centers.

Team members:

  • Several top-tier US board certified trauma surgeons as well as US trauma surgery residents. 
  • Interventional radiology experts.
  • US military veterans with significant medical expertise from the US Army Rangers, US Army medics, Coast Guard, and DoD.
  • Civilian rescue paramedics and EMT's.

What was accomplished:

  • GSMSG interventional radiology experts gave 5 lectures on several IR techniques to groups of Kurdish medical staff ranging from 30 to 60 physicians.
  • GSMSG trauma surgery experts gave several lectures to dozens of Kurdish medical personnel on various topics related to advanced trauma surgical care.
  • GSMSG burn surgery experts successfully surveyed the Kurdish burn centers and recommend that on a subsequent GSMSG mission, they establish a train-the-trainer burn care course for Kurdish medical personnel.
  • All participants involved in training the Peshmerga Special Forces in battlefield injury care recommended expanding and enhancing the training program.  GSMSG members trained approximately 30 Peshmerga Special Forces each day in basic combat injury care, movement, and basic chemical weapons response tactics.
  • GSMSG rescue experts made an accurate assessment of the current “911” system and formulated strategies to enhance the existing Kurdish emergency response system.
  • The entire GSMSG team met with representatives of the Erbil/Hawler Medical University establishing a link to GSMSG affiliated institutions in the US to enhance the instruction to the Kurdish medical system.
  • GSMSG members established solid interest with a "telemedicine" program linking Kurdish medical centers to medical universities in the US.