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Our Military Heroes

From Vietnam to Desert Storm to Afghanistan, Winship physicians, nurses and other staff have honorably served our country. We salute our colleagues and thank them for their commitment, courage and compassion.

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Winship’s radiation oncology department

Winship's radiation oncology department is full of medical heroes, but three doctors stand out for their service to our country. Arif Ali is a Major in the Georgia Air National Guard with 14 years of service, Jonathan Beitler is a Colonel in the Connecticut National Guard with 32 years of service, and Trevor Lim is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force with 17 years of service.

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Michael Zwick (left) and Cletus Arciero (right)

The word courage has special meaning for newly retired military officers Michael Zwick (left) and Cletus Arciero (right). Zwick, director of the Emory Integrated Genomics Core, served in the Navy for 25 years and retired as a Commander and surface warfare officer. Arciero, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer and melanoma, served in the Army for 25 years and retired as a Colonel and chief of General Surgery at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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winship veterans

Commitment is second nature for Lisa Anderson, Andrew West and Deatra Perkins. They've served oncology patients and their country for years. Anderson, an oncology nurse at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, retired from the Navy after 12 years as a nurse; West, senior director for ACTSI (Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute) is an active duty gunnery sergeant in the Marines; Perkins, a Winship oncology nurse in the infusion center, served first in the Army and then became a commissioned officer in the Navy Nurse Corps.

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Milton Reaves earned a Purple Heart while serving as an Army Specialist in Vietnam. He credits Winship's Wayne Harris with helping him to win his latest battle against prostate cancer. The two are pictured with Hematology and Oncology Section Chief Maria Ribeiro at the Atlanta VA Medical Center where Winship doctors see about 875 veterans every year.

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