Local Neurosurgery Team Offers Presentation on Mission Trip to Jordan


“Neurosurgery and Hope – The Mission for Syrian Refugees” is the topic of a special, free presentation by local neurosurgeon Khalid Kurtom, MD, and his operating room team, set for Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

Khalid Kurtom, MD, third from left, is shown with members of his surgical team (l. to r.) Robert Brault, Suzette Jones, Wendy Towers and Steve Lykudis (in gray), and two members of the Istishari Hospital medical staff.

Kurtom, a neurosurgeon with University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Neurosurgery in Easton, and his four team members will discuss their recent trip to Amman, Jordan to perform complex, minimally invasive brain and spine surgeries on Syrian refugees who had fled war-torn Syria to live in refugee camps in Jordan. Organized by Kurtom and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), the mission was funded by SAMS, University of Maryland Medical System and many private donations. While at the Istishari Hospital in Amman, the team performed 22 life-changing surgeries on patients who were suffering from a range of debilitating conditions, including bullet wounds and other injuries related to the conflict in Syria, advanced and untreated spinal disease, and previous unsuccessful surgeries.

In addition to Kurtom, surgical nurses Wendy Towers and Suzette Jones, surgical technologist Robert Brault and surgical equipment specialist Steve Lykudis will be on hand to assist in the presentation and answer questions from those in attendance.

For more information or to RSVP for this event, contact Cindy Yost, 410-820-9117, ext. 4144 or cyost@umm.edu.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

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