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COL Colin Miller, MD

When casualties increased at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad, Col. Colin K. Miller, MD, had little time for his passion -- photography. Orthopaedic surgeons at Baghdad E.R., as it is popularly known, had to work around the clock to operate on injured soldiers, snatching catnaps when they could. Instead, Dr. Miller resorted to taking photos in his “downtime” -- out of an open Blackhawk helicopter window en route to Baghdad International Airport or while waiting in a bunker for a siren to stop. His images immortalize intense moments from his experiences in combat medicine – experiences that have made him a better surgeon, leader and person. “I can’t imagine a better job than caring for wounded soldiers,” he says.

Concern

8 x 11 in.

Photograph


Dr. Miller’s first photo, from Afghanistan, captures the trauma on a young girl’s face as her wrist injury is examined and her father looks on.

 

Medevac Incoming

8 x 11 in.

Photograph


The second photo, taken in Iraq, shows the teamwork required to transport a patient from the battlefield to the hospital. Both suggest the emotional toll war takes on patients, families and caregivers.