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The Humanitarian Side of ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine

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A Surgeon Serving Soldiers And Afghans

Major Jamie Swartz is a female ear, nose and throat surgeon who joined the Air Force so she could serve her country while helping people in unique locations and change people´s lives for the better. In 2013, she was deployed for the first time. At Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, she and the rest of the ENT team would go to the Korean hospital to see Afghan patients and to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital to see Afghan patients referred from the Egyptian humanitarian hospital and Afghan surgical follow-up patients, who traveled up to seven hours to see them.

While their primary mission was to take care of military and coalition trauma patients, they moved from the emergency room to the operating room whenever they were able to. Almost 90% of the elective surgeries they dealt with were on local nationals, and over a period of three months, the team completed 105 surgeries. Swartz has worked on many thyroid goiters, cleft lip and palate birth defects, and chronic ear diseases both in children and dogs! Here´s more information about her experiences.

A Humanitarian Twelve Months in India

William, B. Lewis, M.D., went to India for a year before being granted the American Academy of Otolaryngology´s Humanitarian Fellowship Award in 2000. With the academy, the Ear Research Foundation and the PRASAD Project´s support, he was able to help develop clinical services for an impoverished population of over 200,000 people.

After completing a medical degree at the State University of New York at Syracuse, an internship in Long Island, NY, and a year-long research fellowship at New York University, Dr. Lewis began his residency in ENT at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

While at Rochester, he was fascinated with the ear and hearing because of the array of diseases that affect this organ and the microsurgical methods that are currently in use to address these problems. This interest led him to further training in otology and neurotology (medical and microsurgical management of hearing and balance disorders), at the Florida Ear and Sinus Center.

Happy Faces in Peru

Adam Terella, M.D., is an ENT specialist who was awarded the Humanitarian Efforts Committee Award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2011. He performed 35 cases of cleft lip/palate/rhinoplasty in Lambyaeque, Peru during a humanitarian mission thanks to FACES Foundation. He did his otolaryngology residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in plastic/reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.

Three plastic surgeons, Dr. Tom Wang, Dr. Myriam Loyo Li and Dr. Dane Barrett, also went on a FACES Foundation humanitarian mission and helped 48 children and 5 adults in the Northern region of Peru from the Andes, rainforest and surrounding countryside. Dr. Wang arranges regular trips for facial plastic surgery.

What do these doctors all have in common? Firstly, they’re all ENT practitioners who enjoy humanitarian work and put their all into helping those who have little or no access to quality medical care. Secondly, they all went through a thorough training process, allowing them to provide the best services they can possible offer. If you’d like some help applying for your residency or fellowship, we write personal statements for professionals just like you all over the world, every day. To find out how we can help, get in touch.


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