Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Medical History of the Vietnam War

Symposium Call for Papers and Panels

“A Medical History of the Vietnam War”


 Sponsored by:
The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage

March 10-12, 2016
Holiday Inn San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas

Presentations on all facets of medicine and healthcare related to the Vietnam War are welcome to include historical understandings of military medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions, the repercussions of the war on the practice of medicine, medicine in various campaigns, medical care outside of Vietnam, effects on the home front, postwar medical issues, mental health issues, and related topics.

Symposium organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Symposium sessions will follow the standard 90 minute format to include one hour for presentations and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. All of the symposium organizers are partners with the Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemoration. In keeping with that partnership, there will be a dignified event to thank veterans for their service.

Proposal submission deadline is October 31, 2015. Please send a 250 word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this symposium.

Posted by at 12:21 pm
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  1. Steve, I was a Navy anesthesiologist in VN 1965-6, and have presented my graphically-illustrated story a number of times. It’s probably burned out. But I am deeply interested in your TTU project. I may attend, but at this late date, I cannot develop a presentation.

    William B. Mahaffey, M.D.
    CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.)
    Upper Sandusky, OH

    Comment by William B. Mahaffey, M.D. — Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 6:28 am

  2. I would be interested in presenting my paper from the Infantry Advanced Course in 1972 about Mid-Air collisions in RVN. This type accident has many similarities to all Midair collisions. Since I was the pilot, I have a unique perspective. I would like to bring along my Flight Surgeon from RVN, if he is able to attend. He was there at my accident in 1969, near Cu Chi. There were two fatalities but there were six survivors.

    Comment by William G Confer Sr — Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

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