His patients know he will be out of the office for the next 10 days teaching a bariatric seminar in Iraq, but this trip for Dr. John Thomas is much bigger than that.
The Lubbock surgeon will be among a team of 14 physicians from all over the country educating the Kurdish people on new medical treatments. Dr. Thomas says another important side of this trip to Iraq is that he is Christian, but another surgeon is Muslim, and there are many other faiths represented in this group.
They hope to show the Iraqis by example that much can be accomplished when people of different faiths work together.
Dr. Thomas is also the founder of operation hope, an organization that works to empower those who have faced disadvantages in life.
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