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Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, 7:00pm at the SWOSU Conference Center

Combat Surgeon Thomas Cashero, MD

Jim Barnes, Oklahoma's Poet Laureate

Dr. Tom Cashero Shares Experiences from Afghanistan War Zone

Thomas Cashero, M.D., will share his experience of serving as a combat surgeon in the mountains of Northern Afghanistan, where he was part of a team of surgeons and anesthesiologists operating a MASH unit not far from the Pakistan border. The presentation will be held at the SWOSU Conference Center on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. The evening presentation is free and open to the public. Viewer discretion is advised because the presentation does include graphic images of medical trauma caused by gunshots and explosions.

The presentation will offer practical, first-hand knowledge for anyone working in Emergency Rooms or individuals who serve as first responders (i.e., paramedics, firefighters, or law enforcement). The information presented will be very insightful for any college student currently serving with the U.S. Military or those individuals pursuing careers as nurses or doctors. Cashero will dispel common misconceptions about the role of technology and new equipment in combat medicine and emphasize where the real change in medicine has occurred: training, teamwork and philosophy. He implores these three components have garnered military doctors a 95% save rate of those treated with battlefield injuries. Cashero will also share stories about additional tasks asked of him in Afghanistan like veterinarian care for U.S. guard dogs, public relations work with local villages and hospitals, security tasks, and vehicle maintenance training.

Dr. Cashero has practiced medicine for nearly 40 years demonstrating a perpetual dedication to foreign medical opportunities. He has served as a physician in Monrovia, Liberia; Kyoto, Japan; La Paz, Bolivia; and Uromi, Nigeria. In the Army Reserves, he has served twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Since 1989, Cashero has held a private practice in Clinton, Oklahoma, and currently serves as the Medical Director of Sinor EMS and a surgeon for Integris Clinton Regional Hospital.

Tom Cashero earned his Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency and Intensive Care Fellowship at Harlem Hospital in New York City and Cardiovascular Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Cashero is certified with the American Board of Surgery and holds memberships with several associations, such as the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Custer County Medical Association, AARP, and VFW. Throughout his career, he held appointments of Chief of Medical Staff, Chief of Surgery, Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Board of Directors for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and City of Clinton Councilman.

Cashero has served in the Army Reserve since 2004. In 2010, he traveled with the 934th Forward Surgical Team (FST), a U.S. Army Reserve unit deployed from Salt Lake City to Forward Operating Base Sharana (Paktika Province, Afghanistan). During his military service, Cashero has earned the following awards: Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Services Medal.

For more information about this evening event, please contact Jason Dupree, Head of Public Services, SWOSU Libraries, at 774-3031 or email