Upcoming General Meetings

3rd GENERAL MEETING / 1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Join us via Zoom* to learn how UCLA Health’s Operation Mend provides free comprehensive surgical, medical, and psychological health care services for post-9/11 era service members and veterans injured during combat operations or while training for service.

When founded in 2007, Operation Mend’s focus 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 traumas. Over the years, the program expanded to provide treatment in a variety of clinical areas, including comprehensive psychological health care. Operation Mend provides the only intensive program in the nation for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that also includes caregivers alongside their veterans at 100% participation.

Eighty percent of Operation Mend’s patients are from outside California, but all care takes place at UCLA — except during the COVID pandemic when telehealth was utilized when necessary. In the 14 years of its existence, Operation Mend has provided more than 12,000 overnight hotel stays, booked over 4,500 flights, performed more than 500 surgeries, and scheduled more than 4,000 medical appointments.

Our two panelists for the afternoon, Dana Perel Katz and Dr. Jo Sornborger, will further detail the scope of this exceptional program:

Dana Perel Katz is director of Community Engagement and Buddy Programs. She has been involved with Operation Mend since its inception and continues to play an active role in its strategic initiatives and development. Most impactfully, Dana oversees the Buddy Program’s 300+ volunteers who are specifically matched with wounded warriors and their families to provide social support while they are in Los Angeles for medical care.

Jo Sornborger, PsyD, is executive director of operations and clinical director of the Operation Mend PTSD and TBI Intensive Treatment Program. She provides family-centered psychological health care and resilience training to the service members and oversees the family care management team of social workers across the program’s specialty areas. Dr. Sornborger has extensive expertise in the development of trauma-focused curricula and provides professional training and consultation to national, state, and local agencies on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and other issues related to pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster interventions.

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