Just days before we prepare to honor our nation’s military heroes on Memorial Day, Texas Orthopedics is proud to share news about one of our own heroes, Dr. Vilas Saldanha.
Dr. Saldanha was recently awarded the HCA Healthcare “Frist Humanitarian Award” for his medical work supporting the United States military as well as time spent volunteering in Haiti.
The Frist Humanitarian Awards annually recognize individuals who demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that goes above and beyond everyday kindness in three different categories: Physician, Employee, and Volunteer. As the award recipient in the Physician category, Dr. Saldanha will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice.
Dr. Saldanha’s service to the military includes a deployment in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he founded the first orthopedic humanitarian clinic treating women and children displaced by the war. Following his time in Afghanistan, Dr. Saldanha trained active Duty Airmen in war trauma techniques and assisted in the development of the Sustained Medical Airman Readiness Training program at the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron in Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
He has also worked extensively in Haiti to help improve overall infrastructure in emergency response care over there.