Surgeons & Heroes: Veteran's New Smile Heals Old Wounds


Dustin "Doc" Kirby is an American hero.

The wounded U.S. Navy corpsman treated hundreds, if not thousands of Marines while serving two tours in the Iraq War, saving many lives along the way. But, on Christmas Day 2006, he was the one that needed treatment. A sniper shot him in the face, requiring 30 surgeries to repair all of the damage. 

Enter Dr. David Hirsch, director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Nearly 10 years after the injury, Doc reached out for help through a veterans program called Marine Assist, for which Dr. Hirsch is a volunteer. He performed surgery on Doc to ease his decade-long pain and give him a new set of teeth.

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