Among those joining first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in the president's box is Dr. Peter Rhee, the Arizona trauma surgeon who oversaw Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' care after she was shot in Tucson.
Surge Desk has five facts about the celebrated physician.
1. He has battlefield experience
A 24-year veteran of the Navy, Rhee provided casualty care in high-risk areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. After the U.S. established Camp Rhino, its first land base in Afghanistan, Rhee was one of the first battlefield surgeons to deploy there.
2. He's received several military awards
Rhee's decorations and honors include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.
3. He's traveled with a president
Rhee accompanied then President Bill Clinton on a 1998 trip to China, traveling as his personal surgeon.
4. He was jogging when he found out about the Tucson shootings
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rhee revealed that he had to run three miles back to his car when he received word about the shootings.
5. He came to the United States as a child
Rhee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and spent time in Uganda while his father, also a doctor, worked for the Peace Corps. When the younger Rhee was 10 years old his family came to the United States in search of educational opportunities.
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