TRENTON, N.J. - A prominent New Jersey doctor has been killed in Iraq, the Defense Department said Friday.
Maj. John P. Pryor was a well-known trauma surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. According to the Pentagon, Pryor died Christmas Day when a mortar round hit near his living quarters.
Pryor's colleagues say they're devastated by the loss of the New York City native. Pryor, who was 42, was a married father of three.
He wrote of his experiences as a surgeon confronting violence in Iraq and inner-city Philadelphia in articles published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post.