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November 28, 2018

Trauma Surgeon Discusses Medical Career With Students

Dr. Ray Georgen and ThedaStar visit Berlin High School


Photo captions: Dr. Ray Georgen and ThedaStar visit to Berlin High School's Medical Terminology Class

November 28, 2018

Trauma Surgeon discusses medical career with students

Dr. Ray Georgen and ThedaStar visit Berlin High School

BERLIN, Wis. – Most high school juniors and seniors are beginning to think about their future and possible careers. In Berlin High School’s Medical Terminology class, many of the students are considering a career in the medical field. With hundreds of options to choose from, the students received some insight from an experienced surgeon.

Dr. Ray Georgen, a trauma surgeon at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, recently spoke with the students. He was joined by flight nurses with ThedaStar.

During Dr. Georgen’s discussion with the students, he described his path into medicine, through his undergraduate program, medical school and residency. He also described the different specialties for physicians.  

“When I got to general surgery, I knew it was for me,” said Dr. Georgen. “With trauma surgery, you have to make split-second decisions. You never know what’s coming.”

He is a graduate of Loyola Stritch University receiving his general surgery and trauma training at Loyola University Medical Center, both in Maywood, Illinois.

Dr. Georgen developed the Level II trauma center at, what was then known as Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. The Level II trauma center was verified in 1998.

“For me, there is no greater reward than helping people during difficult times,” he said. “It’s an honor to be there for patients and their families when they need it most.”

Students in the Medical Terminology Class walked from the high school to ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin where ThedaStar landed and flight nurses discussed their careers. They explained the training necessary to be a member of the crew. Students were given the opportunity to look inside the helicopter and get a first-hand glimpse into the life of a flight nurse.

About ThedaCare

For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves a community of more than 600,000 residents and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.

For more information, visit or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter. Media should call Cassandra Wallace, Public Relations Specialist at 920.442.0328 or the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah switchboard at 920.729.3100 and ask for the marketing person on call.