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NEWS RELEASE March 22, 2012

Hill Briefing Offers Hands-On Demonstration of Groundbreaking Combat Trauma Training Devices

Makers of Simulation Products Join Nonprofit Physicians Group to Discuss How Incredibly Lifelike Devices Can Improve Military Training

WASHINGTON—Doctors and makers of groundbreaking medical training devices will discuss how their products can improve the U.S. military’s care of wounded service members during a demonstration of three trauma simulators on Capitol Hill on March 22. These devices feature lifelike skin, anatomically correct organs, breakable bones, and realistic blood flow.

The event is organized by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and is open to Hill staff, media, and the general public. Attendees will get a hands-on demonstration of the devices and a chance to talk with experts while learning about the need for a new paradigm in combat trauma training.

“Simulation training is the most effective, efficient, and realistic training method,” says Dr. Buckman of Maryland-based Operative Experience, “Live animal-based training is being phased out by the U.S. military and is now only used at 5 percent of U.S. medical schools because it is expensive, logistically challenging, and socially objectionable.”

WHO: Speakers include Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., and ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Elizabeth Kucinich, director of government affairs for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; Kit Lavell, executive vice president of San Diego-based Strategic Operations, Inc.; Christopher Sakezles, M.D., president and chief technology officer of SynDaver Labs; and Robert F. Buckman Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., founder of Operative Experience, Inc.
WHAT: A hands-on demonstration and discussion of groundbreaking combat trauma training devices
WHERE: Room B-340, Rayburn House Office Building
WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m., March 22, 2012

For information about the event, or to speak with Dr. Buckman or Dr. Sakezles, please contact Dania DePas at 202-527-7382 or

About Kit Lavell
Kit Lavell is executive vice president of San Diego-based Strategic Operations, Inc. Mr. Lavell flew more than 200 combat missions as a naval aviator in Vietnam and has written extensively on military and technology issues for newspapers and magazines.

About Christopher Sakezles, M.D.
Dr. Christopher Sakezles is president and chief technology officer of Tampa-based SynDaver Labs, a company focused on the design and development of synthetic human tissues and body parts for the medical device and surgical simulation industries. Dr. Sakezles has degrees in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, and polymer science, as well as extensive experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. He began working on live tissue replacement technologies at the University of Florida in 1993.

About Robert F. Buckman Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Robert F. Buckman Jr. is founder of North East, Md.-based Operative Experience, Inc., a surgeon, and inventor of medical technology. He served for 15 years as the director of the busiest trauma center in the city of Philadelphia. He also served for more than a decade in the medical corps of the United States Army Reserve, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.

About Elizabeth Kucinich
Elizabeth Kucinich is the director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Ms. Kucinich organized the American Monetary Institute’s first international conference on monetary reform, served as an advisor to the president of the 63rd U.N. General Assembly, and is a board director of a number of international organizations, including Sean Penn’s Haiti Relief Organization.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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