As a top-ranked, world-renowned academic medical center and home to the most advanced medical facilities in the United States, UCLA Health offers innovative care and the latest in medical technology. Since 2007, UCLA Health's Operation Mend has been providing advanced surgical and medical treatment for post-9/11 era service members and veterans injured during combat operations or while training for service. The original focus of Operation Mend was to engage UCLA’s world-class experts in plastic and reconstructive surgery to rebuild the faces of service members who had suffered highly complex facial trauma. The program expanded to provide subspecialty surgical and medical specialty treatment in a variety of clinical areas, as well as comprehensive psychological health care for eligible post-9/11-era service members, veterans and their families. All care, care coordination, travel and lodging are provided at no absolutely no cost to the veterans or service members and their caregivers.
Along with advanced surgical care, Operation Mend is distinguished by its focus on including the warriors’ family in care and providing comprehensive case management, coordination and social support that helps eliminate barriers to treatment.
The highly esteemed medical directors of UCLA Health Operation Mend’s physical injury program are Dr. Christopher Crisera and Dr. Kodi Azari. They, in consultation with the Operation Mend team, draw on a multitude of UCLA Health clinical speciality areas.
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