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Medical Missions

This blog is about Medical Missions and the opportunity I have to share with you some short-term medical mission work in Ecuador.   I have been in active clinical practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 27 years.  In 1999 I began participating in short-term medical mission projects in the Dominican Republic.  The next few years involved five separate trips to the D.R. with me being medical director of surgical and medical teams of physicians, nurses, operating room techs, pharmacists, support personnel and translators almost all from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We would take in all our supplies to the hospital in San Jose de las Matas in the D.R.  In one week we would perform 60 to 100 surgeries and see many more people in the clinic.  My biggest team consisted of 46 people.  We worked through Medical Ministry International, the parent organization that conducts these short-term mission projects all around the world. 

In 2004 I linked with a good friend and colleague from Fort Wayne who moved from an active general surgery practice to Ecuador in full-time mission work.  This colleague, Jane Weaver, MD, is director of a clinic in San Lorenzo, Ecuador.  I have been able to make several trips to assist her with gynecologic surgery at her clinic. 

What follows in this blog are my thoughts and observations as I travel to work with Jane.

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