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2007 Military Volunteer Award: Thomas G. Crabtree

Col. Thomas G. Crabtree, MD, FACS, of Kailua, HI, was the first recipient of the Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2007 for volunteer work performed while serving as an active-duty military surgeon. Distinguished by his ability to bring about innovative collaborations between military medicine, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies, Dr. Crabtree has been involved in the creation of several important surgical outreach programs. Among these is the Pacific World Care Project, a unique public-private partnership that provides treatment for children with severe craniofacial deformities throughout the Pacific Rim. While deployed in Iraq, Dr Crabtree volunteered to create and staff a number of rural outreach clinics that provided primary care services and specialty referrals for hundreds of Iraqi citizens. These clinics remain in operation today, staffed by an array of international volunteers. In addition, he annually volunteers with Operation Smile during his available leave time, serving in nine countries to date with this organization.

Dr. Crabtree in a desert clinic in Iraq.