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Strong Memorial Hospital Gains Trauma Burn Surgeon

Friday, August 23, 2002

Christopher W. Lentz, M.D., a trauma surgeon specializing in major burns, has joined the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital as medical director of the Strong Regional Burn Center. Lentz's specialization in traumatic burns makes him the only major burn surgeon in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region, and one of few such physicians in upstate New York.

According to Paul Bankey, M.D., chief of the Trauma/Burn Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, the region gained a valuable asset with Lentz's hiring.

"With a critical shortage in burn surgeons facing our nation, we are fortunate to have recruited a physician with such accomplished training in treating major burns," Bankey said. "As a Level One Regional Trauma Center, it is important that we continue to offer the most comprehensive trauma treatment services available in the area."

Lentz brings close to 15 years of burn surgery experience to the hospital. Previously, he was director of the George David Peak Memorial Burn Center at the University of Missouri Health Science Center. He gained much of his clinical experience serving in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he worked in various trauma facilities at such military bases as Lackland and Ft. Sam Houston, both in San Antonio, Texas. Currently Lentz is a Major in the Air Force Medical Corp Reserves, and through this commitment recently taught trauma and burn techniques to medics participating in the United States' war efforts in Afghanistan and other countries.

Lentz received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., and was a resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Lentz completed several fellowships in trauma and burn surgery at such institutions as Shriner's Burns Institute at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He and his wife reside in Pittsford.

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