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William Lyles

William Lyles

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Data Collector, Center for Translational Injury Research at UTHealth
Served 11 years in the Army

Q | How did you hear about Hiring Red, White & You?

A | Dr. Holcomb. I met him a couple years ago, when I was trying to figure out what I was going to do after my Army career and trying to get into either medicine or health care in general. I met him and we just had discussions over a couple of years as he’s been mentoring me.

Q | What drew you to the medical center for your post-military career?

A | Everything that I’ve been through. I’m a bilateral above-knee amputee. I was wounded in Afghanistan and very lucky to be alive. What drew me to it was just my own personal experience as far as my medical care after being injured. Everything from doctors to nurses to everybody involved. I was treated very well and people didn’t give up on me. I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for a lot of hardworking folks in that realm. I think that’s the best way I can pay it forward, because there are a lot of people who maybe are facing similar circumstances to me or similar circumstances as I was and I can encourage them to move forward. Continue setting high goals. You can pretty much do whatever you want to do regardless of injury. If there’s a will there’s a way. It’s a cliché but it’s the truth.

Q | How did your military experiences prepare you for your current job?

A | The military has given me a lot of leadership experience. I think it prepared me for any challenge, to dive right into it and figure it out.

Q | How was the transition from the military to civilian life?

A | It’s different but the thing I like about it is everybody here, in the Center for Translational Injury Research, has been really nice. It’s similar in the sense that it’s a very team-oriented atmosphere. Everybody is working towards a common goal and being successful, so I think it’s been fairly easy. It’s different but kind of the same dynamic.

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