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Michael Mckee, MD

Dr. Michael David McKee, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, has served two tours of duty as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon with the Canadian Forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The sacrifices made by Canadian troops and the need for Canadian medical military corps prompted him to volunteer. “I feel strongly that if a country decides to send troops to a war, that it is responsible for providing the best possible care for those injured. My experience has made me grateful for what we take for granted in our country(s), and that someone is willing to put their lives on the line for it,” says Dr. McKee, who served in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2009. Dr. McKee also spent a month in 2008 as a visiting scholar at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. As the largest American hospital outside of the United States, LRMC serves U.S. military personnel and their families within the European Command and all injured U.S. service members and civilians serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. “When I worked at Kandahar I was repeatedly loading patients onto the plane to Landstuhl, and I thought it would be interesting to go there and see what happened at the other end -- and it was. I was privileged to be part of the team that operated on the injured patients coming back from all theatres of conflict,” he says. Dr. McKee, whose clinical practice includes polytrauma, complex factures, revision fracture care and post-traumatic reconstruction, believes systematic research is necessary to provide exceptional care to wounded warriors.

True North Strong and Free

8 x 10 in.


Dr. McKee took this photograph in the operating room at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. It shows a tattoo on the arm of a Canadian soldier, one of three who survived an improvised explosive device blast that killed three others in Afghanistan, while he was being stabilized prior to surgery. The soldier, who remains in the Canadian forces, recently ran a five-kilometer race.