LocalMemphis: Surgeon Who Helped Pulse Victims Trained At UTHSC In Memphis
It’s been one year since the deadly attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Monday, the victims were remembered.
49 people died and more than 50 others were wounded when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the popular gay club.
The on-call trauma surgeon that night at Orlando Regional Medical center says his training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis helped guide him in treating the dozens of victims that came through the emergency room.
“We got 35,36 patients in about 30 minutes,” says Dr. Chadwick Smith.
Dr. Smith is a trauma surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He remembers June 12th, 2016 like it was yesterday.
“The amount of activity was something that I had never seen before.”
Dr. Smith performed one surgery after another that night. He treated more than 40 patients; nine died, 35 survived.
Dr. Smith says it was hard to keep his emotions in check. But he had to, he had lives to save. Dr. Smith credits UT Health Science Center in Memphis for his training after medical school.
“The University of Tennessee Health Science Center prepared me I think better than some of the people I did my residency with.”
Dr. Smith says he’s proud to be a product of UT Health Science Center. It prepared him in ways he didn’t even realize, until it happened.