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Lieutenant Colonel Donald Gajewski
Center for the Intrepid
LTC Donald A. Gajewski is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory High School in 1985. He completed studies in biology at Harvard University in 1989 and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1994.
LTC Gajewski was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in May 1994 and was subsequently assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) where he completed an internship in General Surgery in 1995. After one year of serving as a General Medical Officer in South Korea, he returned to Walter Reed to complete an Orthopaedic Surgery residency from which he graduated in 2001. LTC Gajewski then went on to receive fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Oncology from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2002.
His assignments include staff surgeon at WRAMC where he was Director of Musculoskeletal Oncology and amputee surgical care (2002-2008) and Residency Program Director (2006-2007). He served as Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany from 2008 to 2009 and then Chief of Surgery at LRMC from 2009 to 2010.
Dr. Gajewski has been deployed twice; first in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with the 31st Combat Support Hospital and then to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 with the 555th Forward Surgical Team. He has been involved with combat casualty care since the beginning of the Global War on Terror at all echelons of care.
Currently LTC Gajewski serves as Director of the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antonio, TX. The CFI is a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center that serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty. The 60,000-square foot Center was funded by donations from over 600,000 Americans through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Their generosity expresses the profound appreciation America has for its courageous servicemen and women who defend freedom.