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Humanitarian Missions


Anthony Watkins, MD: Mission to Haiti

Humanitarian Mission: Anthony Watkins, MD: Mission to Haiti In late June 2012, Anthony Watkins MD, a surgeon in the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, traveled to Haiti as part of a humanitarian mission. He volunteered with the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) and the Haitian American Alliance (HAA), under the leadership of NOAH NY President, Dr. Henry R. Paul, to provide medical and surgical care to residents in the Fort Liberté area. In this interview, Dr. Watkins provides a glimpse of his experience.

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Dr. Wu, Columbia Doctors and Nurses' Mission to Chengdu, China

Humanitarian Mission: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Helping a Well-Developed Chinese Program Take the Next Steps

Humanitarian Mission: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Jonathan Chen, MD, who has led a Columbia/NYP-based pediatric cardiac surgery team abroad for the past three years, traveled to China in May 2008 to perform surgeries and train local surgeons at the Jilin Heart Hospital in the city of Chang Chun. The team's goal was to transmit knowledge of newer procedures to surgeons at Jilin who, although they were performing three hundred cardiac cases per year, did not have access to training for state-of-the-art procedures.

Dr. Wu Travels to China to Improve Young Lives

Dr. Wu, operating during her trip to China in May 2007.
Dr. Wu, operating during her trip to China in May 2007.

June K. Wu, MD, traveled to China to operate on children with craniofacial deformities this past May. Dr. Wu undertook this year's mission in place of Jeffrey Ascherman, M.D., who was unable to make what would have been his seventh overseas medical mission.

Read the June/July, 2007 InVivo article about the mission.
Read about Dr. Ascherman's 2002 trip to China.







Dr. Chen and Team Bring Lifesaving Surgery and Know-How to Dakar

Dr. Chen with a patient and his mother
Dr. Chen with a patient and his mother

Jonathan Chen, MD, has led pediatric cardiac surgery teams on trips to Cambodia, first in 2005 and again in 2006. Embarking again this year, Dr. Chen and his team set their sights on the African continent, traveling to the Fann Cardiovascular Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. There they operated on seven children between March 12 and 16, 2007.






Heart Team Returns to Cambodia to Train Surgeons and Heal Children

Heart Team Returns to Cambodia to Train Surgeons and Heal Children

Following his successful 2005 trip to Cambodia to perform heart surgery on children with congenital heart disease, Jonathan M. Chen, MD, a pediatric heart surgeon who is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia, again led his team to Cambodia earlier this year. The trips are part of a mission in which pediatric heart surgery teams from developed countries bring surgery expertise to Cambodia.



Humanitarian Missions

  • Marc Arkovitz, MD
    Otzma Medical Volunteer Program, Israel
  • Marc Bessler, MD
    Otzma Medical Volunteer Program, Israel

The Many Faces Behind a Mission

Ren Wei Zhang
Ren Wei Zhang

Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman's humanitarian mission to China touches the life of eight-year-old Ren Wei Zhang, and all who surround him









Vietnam

Dr. Stolar helped coordinate Vietnam's first multidisciplinary perinatal symposium
Dr. Stolar helped coordinate Vietnam's first multidisciplinary perinatal symposium

For the second year in a row, Charles J. H. Stolar, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery, performed surgery on needy Vietnamese children. Accompanying him was Terry Crair, MD. The trip was sponsored by Project Vietnam.










Harbin, China

Jeffrey A. Ascherman, MD

Plastic surgeon Jeffrey A. Ascherman, MD performed craniofacial surgery to repair cleft lips and other abnormalities on infants and young children in 2002. This was his second mission to Harbin, sponsored by Children of China Pediatrics Foundation.






Community & Professional Services

  • Kenneth M. Steinglass, MD has been appointed Key References Editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2002.
  • R. Peter Altman, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital of New York, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, has been elected President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
  • Ziv J. Haskal, MD was appointed Chairman of the American Heart Association Committee on Peripheral Vascular Imaging and Intervention. Dr. Haskal was visiting professor at three institutions in India: New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bombay in March 2001. He conducted live case tutorials and presented invited lectures.

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