Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dr. Deane Marchbein

This is pretty awesome news. Dr. Deane Marchbein, an anesthesiologist affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, has been named president of Doctors Without Borders. She first joined the Nobel Peace Prize winning group in 2006. She served in the Ivory Coast at that time behind enemy lines and helped establish a rudimentary burn unit at the hospital. She recently worked in Lebanon and helped  smuggle medical supplies into Syria to aid the massacres that are happening there.

If you think everybody respects this humanitarian organization, you'd be wrong. Two people from the group were killed in Kenya six months ago while two others were kidnapped in Somalia this year. So working for Doctors Without Borders is not for the faint of heart.

However, if you're interested, they are always looking for volunteers who are willing to make a time commitment of six to twelve months to join the group and alleviate the suffering of millions around the world. Dr. Marchbein herself takes an unpaid leave of absence from her job to work there. I salute the generosity of people like her.

1 comment:

  1. That is brilliant. Thanks for sharing! The world needs more docs like this one.