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Mitchel Harris: Our Haiti Experience to Date

Grand Rounds Haiti Experience by Mitch HarrisBWH: Our Haiti Experience to Date

  • Mitch Harris, MD Chief, BWH Orthopedic Trauma Service – Moderator
  • Malcolm Smith, MD Chief, MGH Orthopaedic Trauma
  • George Dyer, MD BWH Upper Extremity and Hand Service
  • Jonathan Gates, MD BWH Trauma, Burns and Critical Care
  • Selwyn Rogers, MD BWH Director of Surgical Care
  • Trish Powers, RN: BWH Operating Rooms
  • Grand Rounds presented on March 3rd, 2010 at the Bornstein Family Amphitheater, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

    6 Responses

    1. Dear Arun,

      I have so much equipment from previous surgeries, e.g., surgical boots, bedpans, plastic devices to improve breathing capacity, walkers, etc. Some of these aids are used, and I don’t know if it just has to be discarded. Please provide contact information on a charity that is collecting previously used orthopedic donations for Haiti.

      Warm regards,


      • Hi Paula:
        I followed up with one of our docs who is in the video and he asked that you contact the “Partner In Health” person directly. They gave me the email of:
        Amber Oberc, aoberc@pih dot org

        You can mention you got the name from Dr Smith at Massachusetts General Hospital.

        Thank you for your kindness.

    2. Dear Arun,

      Should Partners in Health be unable to accept any in-kind donations, I wanted to inform you that I just found information in a woman’s magazine on two charities that accept post-surgical orthotics, e.g., crutches, ankle splints, canes, wheelchairs, and knee braces.

      The philanthropic organizations are Joni and Friends (joniandfriends.org; 818-707-5664) and Christian Blind Mission (cbmus.org; 800-937-2264).

      These organizations help disabled adults and children in the developing world (more than 100 countries are covered through their efforts); they use donations to assist with disabilities, such as clubfoot and war injuries. Joni’s network of 1,200 volunteers nationwide will pick up products from church drop-off sites. However, they do not have field ministry offices in all states. Potential donors need to visit their website for additional information.

      One also needs to contact CBM to learn where to send donations. Information on their work in Haiti appeared in a recent New York Times article, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/world/americas/23amputee.html. The article states, “Handicap International, based in France, has been coordinating the postdisaster rehabilitation effort with CBM, a Germany-based Christian disability group, and with the Haitian government. Its volunteers — about five dozen therapists, nurses, technicians and community workers — have been providing postsurgical care and physical therapy at 12 hospitals here, and the organization is setting up a prosthetics workshop, too.”

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Warm regards,


    3. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

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