First 2 Days for the Cap Haitian Week

Cap Haitian April 2018

Cap Haitien 2018

Dr Jory Desir greeted a portion of our team at the airport in Cap Haitian. Our team included Dr Joe Costa MD, Dr Henri Lanctin MD, Dr Phil Abbosh MD, Dr Chip Carnes MD (HO4), Dr Sabine Nguyen MD (HO 4), Statia Smith RN and Dr Joe Babiarz MD.  After a short lunch we traveled to the University Hospital Justinian where Dr Dube, hospital director, greeted us as well.  After a tour of the facilities and Dr Lanctin delivered the anxiously anticipated new Bovie machine and the Olympus flex cystoscope and the Stryker camera and light source.   We began an evaluation of facility needs including space in the operating theater for urology equipment to assist with efficiency as physicians are currently having to transport all equipment across the campus to the operating room on the day of cases. 

Several patients were then evaluated including some with vesicovaginal fistula and some men with urethral stricture disease.  The day ended with a dinner hosted by Dr Desir and Dr Dube at the LaKay.

On Day 2 our team along with our Haitian colleagues evaluated additional patients with fistulae and urethral obstruction.  Both residents and staff physicians from the US and Haiti participated in this hands on interactive session.  Preparation in the operating room occurred as well for upcoming surgeries to begin in the morning.  Patients were then jointly reviewed and the physicians created a plan for the operations to be accomplished by Haitian surgeons assisted by US surgeons.  In addition the remainder of our team arrived.  This included Dr Bill Cleary, Lura Spears CRNA and Kelly Joe (Buba) who will assist in teaching of the anesthesia providers from Haiti.  The focus of the trip is in expanding the knowledge and skills of our Haitian colleagues in both urology and anesthesia.

 

Hopital St. Francois de Sales Accepting Donations from Project Haiti

April 6, 2017

FROM: Project Haiti, Inc.

Dear Governing Board of Hopital Saint Francois de Sales (HSFDS),

Mgrs. Harris and Chadic

Fr. Roland

Drs. Alouidor, Eustache, and Brutus

Project Haiti is pleased to bestow donations to Hopital Saint Francois de Sales that now enable the hospital to begin laparoscopic surgery. The donations are detailed in the separate attached manifest document and the retail value of the donations, assuming that the hospital ordered this equipment, is $118,800 US. This equipment was successfully installed into Salle d’Operation #3 at HSFDS on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Stryker Endoscopy representative and Project Haiti volunteer Jake Boegel. On April 4th and 5th, many laparoscopic surgeries were successfully performed by Project Haiti surgeon Dr. Martin Perez and HUEH surgeon Dr. Sylvio Augustin, under the direction of Dr. Paul Severson and Ron Vitales.

In addition to the Stryker hardware donation, additional laparoscopic tools from Medtronic and surgical supplies from the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery were donated through Project Haiti as well with an additional estimated value of $9400 US.

We want to thank Riverwood Healthcare Center for processing and shipping to Florida, Food for the Poor for transporting the donations from Florida to Haiti, and HSFDS authorities and Dr. Bernard Brutus for their assistance in acquiring the donations from Haiti Customs. The Project Haiti team appreciates the hospitality of all the wonderful people at HSFDS and the cooperation of all departments to make this initial laparoscopic education a success. We were able to help educate several surgery residents in the basics of laparoscopic surgery and would like to plan expanded courses in the future.

We look forward to a fruitful future relationship with HSFDS, and on behalf of the Board of Project Haiti, Inc., we congratulate you for your beautiful new hospital and appreciate the opportunity to become a small part of your bright future.

Respectfully submitted,

Project Haiti, Inc. Board of Directors

Paul Severson, MD, President

Henri Lanctin, MD, Vice-President

Pat Lanctin, Secretary

Jody Albers, Treasurer

Ron Vitales, Board Member-at-large

Mike Evans, Board Member-at-large

Returning to Hopital St. Francois de Sales

Dear Dr. Mondestin, Dr. Eustache, Msgrs. Chadic and Harris, Pere Roland,

Thank you for welcoming Dr. Andrew Loveitt and me back to Hopital Saint Francois de Sales, as we assisted Dr. Sylvio Augustin and your surgical team in performing laparoscopic surgery. Two patients from HUEH were able to receive the benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery on Tuesday, March 27 in your beautiful hospital. We applaud your vision, compassion and persistence in continuing the push toward laparoscopic surgery for the population.
Dr. Mondestin, it was a pleasure to meet you and review the laparoscopy donation from Project Haiti with you yesterday. I am forwarding the summary email after our first laparoscopy was performed at Hopital Saint Francois de Sales last year. Please review the Haiti Manifest so that you can see exactly the laparoscopic equipment that you now possess for your future. This will bring you up to date with the laparoscopy project. I will also forward the email chain after the donation last year for your own edification.
I am also taking notes on the existing inventory to identify future needs for disposable items and additional equipment.
In addition to providing basic laparoscopy equipment in the OR, Mike Evans from Project Haiti (the expert in telecommunications and videoconferencing) has also consulted here and reviewed the plans with IT and bio-technical. After you have completed your initial installation, we would like to connect the laparoscopic Operating Room with the classroom for teaching larger audiences, as we have been doing for many years at the Laparoscopic Training Center in Pignon.
Naturally, in order for your HSFS staff to become proficient in laparoscopic surgery, and for you to become a center of excellence, we encourage you to foster a growing relationship with our young talented general surgeon, Dr. Sylvio Jr. Augustin, that we have trained to perform safe laparoscopic surgery. It would be great to see collaborative relationships with other teaching institutions develop over the next few years.
Please do not hesitate to email me regarding any requests or consultation.
Warm regards,
Paul Severson, MD, FACS, FASMBS
President, Project Haiti, Inc.
Co-Director, Minnesota Insititute for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center
Program Director, MIMIS Fellowship in Advanced GI MIS, Bariatric Surgery and Flexible Endoscopy
Clinical Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

Pignon Surgery Report

Pignon Surgery Course

 

Team Report

March 16 – 28, 2018

Minimally Invasive Surgery Course

Hopital de Bienfaisance

Pignon, Haiti

Faculty:

Paul Severson, MD, FACS, Founder MIMIS

Andrew Loveitt, DO, Fellow MIMIS

Garald Jean-Louis, MD, GynEndo Haiti

Valerio Vital-Herne, MD, GynEndo Haiti

Sylvio Augustin, MD, HUEH

Mike Evans, Telecommunications Expert

Ron Vitales, Inanimate Skill Lab Director

Project Haiti Team:

Marlee Novak, Medical student, Team Coordinator, Skill Lab Assistant

Chad Riddle, Nurse Assistant

Joseph Vitales, Team Assistant

Attendees:

14 Surgeons, including 3 staff surgeons and 11 residents. 

Seven were General surgeons and seven were OB/Gyn physicians

HUEH had 3 general residents and 2 OB/Gyn residents

Le Paix had 1 staff general surgeon, 2 general residents, and 2 OB/Gyn residents

Chancerelle had 2 OB/Gyn residents

Pignon had 1 staff general surgeon and 1 staff OB/Gyn

Course sponsor: Project Haiti, Inc.  We acknowledge this course is made possible through the generous donations of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, MN and Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin, MN.

The Laparoscopy Course included lectures, inanimate skills laboratory, and live surgery over 4 days.

Monday, March 19 through Thursday, March 22

Lecture content included the history of surgical innovation and teaching at Hopital de Bienfaisance, history of laparoscopic surgery globally, safe and effective use of laparoscopic instrumentation, a variety of general and gynecological surgical procedure lectures utilizing minimally invasive techniques delivered by all members of the Haitian and American faculty, and 2 new SAGES lectures on the Fundamentals Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE), given in both French and English.  Flash drives containing all lecture materials were provided to each student.

New iPad-based trainers were implemented successfully in the Inanimate Skills Laboratory.  The SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program was utilized as the basis for the lab.  An ultrasonic energy lab was also conducted, which provided hands-on experience for all students with this newer technology.  The annual Endo Olympics competition was held with spirited camaraderie among the participants.

Surgeries included 7 lap choles, 2 laparoscopic Toupet fundoplications, and 4 diagnostic laps with surgical intervention for infertility.  The last 2 lap choles were conducted with 100% Haitian staff, including Dr. Sylvio Augustin as the lead surgeon, 2 residents assisting, along with anesthesia and a surgical tech.  The last procedure was completed utilizing the ultrasonic energy device exclusively, marking a new first for the Haitian staff.

At the end of the week a rooftop graduation celebration was held at the Minnesota Dorm with a traditional Haitian feast and recognition for all participants and the esteemed Endo Olympic medal winners.  Dr. Guy Theodore was in attendance and provided closing remarks at the celebration.

Hopital Saint Francois de Sales – March 26 and 27, 2018

Dr. Paul Severson and Dr. Andrew Loveitt joined Dr. Sylvio Jr. Augustin and performed 3 laparoscopic cholecystectomies, utilizing the laparoscopic equipment donated to the hospital by Project Haiti in 2017. The cases were performed skillfully by Dr. Sylvio Augustin as the primary surgeon and we found the equipment well cared for and in excellent working condition. We were greeted by urologists Drs. Bernard Brutus and Youry Dreux, who were performing surgery for stone patients in the next room.

Hopital L’Universitaire La Paix – March 28, 2018

Dr. Paul Severson and Dr. Andrew Loveitt were invited to meet the residents and faculty at La Paix, and were picked up the Le Plaza and escorted by the Chief of Surgery Dr. Nesly Vastey to Hopital L’Universitaire La Paix. All the residents and some of the faculty gathered to meet us and after bilateral speeches, we evaluated the existing laparoscopic equipment and then toured the facility, including the operating rooms. There may be 2 surgeon champions at that residency program, one general surgeon that attended our course in Pignon, and also a pediatric surgeon with some prior laparoscopic experience in his fellowship. We made plans to invite both faculty and residents at our next course, and will consider developing another laparoscopic site there in the future.

Urethral Reconstruction Workshop

From Dr. Youry Dreux to Dr. Frank Burks and team following the recent urethral reconstruction workshop at Hopital St. Francois de Sales in Port-au-Prince:
 
On behalf of the attendees, I would like to thank each of you for making yourself available to come down in Haiti to help us out with our patients suffering with urethral stricture.
I would like to let you know how grateful and joyful we are because we spent this whole week with you guys and, as usual ,the ambiance was very good ,you were teaching us with patience ,enthusiasm ,wisdom and humility .
We do hope you will make it  safely back home and may the Lord keep protecting your family and preserving you life .
Once again thank you so much ,guys ,please feel free to come back any time  you will be always  welcome.
.
SINCERELY  Youry

Surgery Week at the Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Fogarty has had a long relationship with Project Haiti and Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon. He has returned after a several year hiatus. Here is a brief summary of his week:
Dr. Guy and All,Just to inform you that we (the hospital) received today a donation of US $ 10,000.- from Dr Fogarty / Interplast West Virginia for the surgery week at the Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon.  Attached you will find a copy of the check.

They have seen patients in outpatient clinic on Saturday and during the week.  From Monday to Wednesday, the group performed 18 surgeries (plastic surgeries).

They have 8 cases scheduled for today.

Tomorrow afternoon (Friday 16, 2018) there will be teaching (lectures) for the medical staff. (see attached subjects list).

The group (Interplast West Virginia) willeave Pignon on Saturday (March 17, 2018) at 6:00AM .

They plan to come back to Pignon next year (March 08 – 16-, 2019).  They would like to see a lot of patients.  We will made appropriate arrangement in order to have more many patients for them next time as we know a year in advance.  Also we have been informed that some of the patients does not come because they do not have money to cover their travel fees (transportation, lodging, etc..) .

A million of thanks to the Interplast West Virginia team.
Lucy, the team coordinator, is copied in this email.

Noel Marie Adele

Administrator
Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon

Summary Report for Dr. Osiris – Haitian urologist who received training

Summary Report.

Dr. OSIRIS Marc Aurele Joseph.

Fellowship in Endourology

Place: Hôpital General de Grand Yoff (HOGGY) , Dakar, Senegal

Dakar Partner: Institut de Formation et de Recherche Universitaire (IFRU) and GRAND YOFF HOSPITAL.

Haitian Partner:  Société Haïtienne d’Urologie (SHU) and Hôpital de  l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti (HUEH).

Financial Partners: International Society of Urology (SIU) and Project Haiti

Duration of Training: 3 Months

Started: July 6, 2017

Ended: September 26, 2017

Activities:

Outpatient Clinic _ international meeting and Workshop (URO-DAK) _ endosurgery_ open surgery.

 

THE TRAINING:

  • Monday : 

Morning: exploration department (cystoscopy_ urethral dilatation_ prostate biopsy_ JJ Stent training)

Afternoon: Outpatient clinic

  • Tuesday_Wednesday_Thursday_Friday: surgery/Operating Room.

 

SURGERY / WATCHING AND SCRUBBING

(1_ first surgeon, 2_first assistant, 3_second assistant, 0_watcher)

Endo- UROLOGY SURGERY

TOTAL  | SCRUBBING (0   1   2   3)

TURP 10 | 4 (2-2-2-2)

TURV 7  | 3 (2-2-2)

URS+ LASER 8  | 6 (2-2-2-2-2-2)

URS+ SW+LASER 2 | 2 (2-2)

PCNL 2 | 1 (3)

EIU 1 | 0

POST.Ur. VALVE RESEC. 2 | 1 (2)

ENDO PYELOPLASTY 1 | 0

   __________________________

TOTAL: 33 | 17 (scrubbing)

 

OPEN SURGERY

TOTAL | SCRUBBING (0   1   2   3)

ADENOMECTOMY 6 | 3 (3-1-2)

NEPHRECTOMY 3 | 0

TOTAL PROSTATEC. 6 | 3 (2-2-3)

HERNIA 7 | 5 (2-2-1-1-1)

URETROPLASTY 5 | 2 (2-2)

HYPOSPADIAS 1 | 1 (2)

URETERAL REIMPL. 1 | 1 (2)

VARICOCELE 1 | 1 (1)

TOT/SLING 1 | 0

CRYPTORCHIDIA 2 | 2 (1-1)

CYSTOLITHOTOMY 2 | 1 (1)

URETHROCELE 1 | 1 (2)

VULVOPLASTY 1 | 1 (2)

_______________________________

TOTAL: 37 | 18 Scrubbing

 

INTERNATIONAL FORUM and WORKSHOP / URO-DAK (July 11, 12, 13)

  • URODYNAMIC
  • VESICO-VAGINAL FISTULAE REPAIR
  • URETHROPLASTY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY OF VAGINA (EXCISION!!)

Mentor /Teacher: Dr. Mohamed JALLOH and the surgical STAFF.

CERTIFICATION: IFRU, HOGGY, Professor Serigne M. GUEYE.

PERSONAL THANKS:

I would like to think every personality and organization that contributed to the accomplishment of this program. This training had been very a successful experience, increasing my knowledge and my skill in the urology practice.

Endoscopic procedures are the future of the urology, and I am very determinate to help the Haitian Community by sharing my experience with the young residents.

I want to thank our partners in Dakar for all these human resources that they are providing for the International urology’s gold success.

Best Regards,

Dr. Marc Aurèle Jph. OSIRIS

Thank you letter from Dr. Clervil from World Congress of Endourology

Dr. Clarvil was sponsored by Endourologic Society to attend the World Congress of Urology in Vancouver, Canada.  

 

Dear Michelle,

First, I must thank Dr. Lanctin, big partner of Haitian Urology for choosing and recommending me to attend this great event, Dr. Denstedt who accepted me immediately and you, Michele, for your assistance which allowed me to effectively get to Vancouver. I congratulate all the committee organizer members for their know-how. Finally, I thank all participants for their role play. I can’t forget the sponsors.

The WCE 2017 meeting was a great experience for me. It allows me to update my knowledge in the field of Endo Urology particularly minimally invasive surgery. I’ve met a lot of VIP in this field from all over the world. I’ve enjoyed the presentations and all the topics. It was even amazing to participate. Also, Vancouver is a beautiful city that I discovered.

This scholarship is important for residents, fellows, Urologist especially from developing countries living with low budget. Now, it is the time to persuade deciders in our country to provide appropriate equipment to practice such surgical techniques and allow patients to benefit from scientific progress.

I promise, I will share these experiences with other colleagues, medical school students and residents. I hope others, either mentors or residents from my team will benefit from such a good program.

My experience will be profitable for my patients and for my country.

I thank Cook Medical for the work shop on PCNL and flexible ureteroscopy.

Thank you, Dr. Ben Chew.

Thank you so much everybody.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Mitelot Clervil, Urologist

Inauguration of ESWL at Hopital St.Francois de Sales (HSFDS)

Planning for this event began May 2016 in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. At that time I was offered the opportunity to participate in a project to bring ESWL, a non-invasive kidney stone treatment, to Haiti. Long term business associates and friends Chris Gleason (CEO, NextMed Inc,) and Todd Pierce (CEO, Translational Analytics and Statistics Inc.) were aware of our work in Haiti and had a desire to go international with their new decision engine for stone treatment. They felt that Haiti would be an interesting challenge for their first site. They approached Brock Faulkner (CEO Dornier MedTech, America) and they agreed to donate a refurbished ESWL unit. New units are valued at approximately $400,000. After my initial disbelief transitioned into doubts that it could be successfully accomplished, I discussed it with Dr. Pierre-Alix Nazon, a urologist from Haiti who was also attending the AUA in San Diego. At that time Dr.Nazon was the leading kidney stone urologist in Haiti. Todd and Chris met with him to explain the details of their offer and his enthusiasm and excitement following this meeting convinced me that we needed to make it happen. This launched the year-long project. Unfortunately, Dr. Nazon passed away prematurely in January 2017 before seeing it's completion.

The timing of the offer coincided with negotiations between our newly formed Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) and the governing board of Hopital St. Francois de Sales (HSFDS) for a “Memorandum of Understanding” to develop a urology center of excellence in Port-au-Prince. Our goal was to establish a center which would function as a facility to teach Haitian urology residents and provide contemporary urological care to all patients in Haiti. A number of generous donations have facilitated this: the Global Philanthropic Committee (GPC) of the AUA and the Societie Internationale Urologie provided funding for a full time urology nurse, ForTec Medical Inc. donated a Holmium laser lithotripter, Karl Storz Urology inc. donated a complete set of new adult and pediatric urological endoscopy instruments, and Dr. John Denstedt, the Endourological Society and Cook Medical,Inc. lent expertise and funding to start a percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) program in Haiti (see report from March 2017 trip to HSFDS). ESWL would be the final piece in the formation of a stone treatment center.

Although the unfortunate loss of Dr. Nazon was untimely, other urologists from the Haitian Society of Urology stepped up to complete the project. This effort was led by Dr. Bernard Brutus, Dr. Youry Dreux and Dr. Reginald Valme. Resident participation by Dr. Christian Valme, in particular, was invaluable.

The Haiti ESWL project included crating and shipment of the equipment (totaling 2532 lbs.) to Coconut Creek , FL after complete refurbishment. This was organized and funded by Dornier who have proven to be dedicated partners. With the help of HSFDS and Dr. Bernard Brutus, arrangements were made to have the equipment shipped by sea from Florida to Haiti by Food For The Poor Inc. This process, which included clearing customs was accomplished smoothly.

Dr. Dreux and the GPC funded nurse, Japhare Joseph, were chosen to be the ESWL technicians and their training was meticulously planned, funded and undertaken by NextMed. They both completed an internet based training course before attending an intense specially designed simulation and live training course over a 2 week period in Tucson, AZ and Dallas, TX. Dr. Brutus and Dr. Reginald Valme also spent time observing at a NextMed ESWL center in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Following the 2017 annual meeting of the AUA in Boston Todd Pierce, Chris Gleason, Brock Faulkner, Mary Butler (Chief Technology Officer, Dornier MedTech International), my wife Pat and I flew to Port-au-Prince for the inauguration of the ESWL unit and treatment of the first cases.

Our arrival was preceded for several days by the arrival of Dornier engineer Patrick Dixon, whose task it was to install the unit and deal with the complexities of an unpredictable power supply. Being experienced with installations in multiple countries, as well as a great team member, he proved to be the perfect person for the task.

The day prior to our arrival, the lead trainer for NextMed, Paul Starr arrived to inspect the equipment to ensure a successful launch. He worked with Patrick, and the Haitian ESWL “techs” Dr. Dreux and Japhare to familiarize them the the nuances of the Compact Delta I. He also coached them on the complex computer based data reporting program that they had learned about in Tucson. Completion of this data entry to record patient outcomes data is the only expectation that was requested in return for the generous donation.

By the time we arrived all was set from the equipment perspective and the Haitian urologists had lined up a number of stone patients who eagerly awaited non-invasive treatment of their kidney stones.

On Thursday May, 18th, 1 year after the initial offer, a reception was held at HSFDS in conjunction with a press conference with the national Haitian media to celebrate the launch of the ESWL program at the stone treatment center. The enthusiasm and pride of the hospital staff and administration was palpable and we know from the number of patients who presented at the hospital the next day looking for treatment of their kidney stones that the word was disseminated by the news media.


After the ceremony, we successfully screened a large number of patients, reviewing each case with the local urologists and teaching appropriate work up, evaluation and patient selection. This process will be greatly aided by the Translation Analytics and Statistics decision engine.


Over the next 2 ½ days we did 15 successful ESWL treatments (14 patients with kidney stones and 1 with a distal ureteral calculus). Dr. Dreux and Japhare proved to be very capable and knowledgeable from their training and Paul was a seasoned, laid back teacher who allowed them to work through the complexities of operating the system. Patrick stayed back an extra day to support and work on power issues. Several items that need to be adapted were identified and will be addressed, demonstrating Dornier’s long term commitment to the program's success. The hospital electrician and Bio-Med technician were trained and familiarized with the system and with the help of “Zoom conferences” technical support will be accomplished remotely as much as possible.  Dr. Dreux and Japhare will participate in the data retrieval program and regular internet based bi-monthly conferences with US NextMed technicians for ongoing training and feedback on their outcomes.


Upon departure the consensus was that the stone center had a viable ESWL program to offer Haitian patients and the core urologists and technical support staff were well positioned to provide outcomes that would rival top US treatment centers. The dedication of Todd, Chris, Brock and Mary along with the staff of their companies, NextMed and Dornier was inspirational.
HSFDS is proving to be a very willing and enthusiastic partner in this project to form a urology center of excellence. From the opening reception we felt welcomed. We were served lunches daily which included very appetizing Haitian dishes and on the last day we were presented with gifts. The nursing staff in the OR, and on the wards were enthusiastic and willing to learn. On Saturday morning we were pleased to have Mgr. Serge Chadic, a hospital board member, come to observe one of our cases.

The only dark cloud that hung over this very satisfying 3 day experience was that Dr. Pierre-Alix Nazon was not present to bear witness to the outcome of his visionary thinking. We anticipate that many Haitians will benefit from the generosity of this donation from NextMed, Dornier, Translational Analytics and Statistics, and all those who helped to make this ambitious project a success.

Henri Lanctin MD, FACS

Dr. Paul Severson Receives SAGES Award

Arnold P. Gold Foundation - SAGES
Award for Excellence in Humanistic Clinical Care Presented by: David Rattner, MD, Awards Committee Chair
Recipient: Paul Severson, MD

SAGES has once again teamed up with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honoring practicing physicians who best demonstrate the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. This award is designated for a clinician who is recognized by the surgical/GI community for excellence in patient care and surgical practice and is granted for significant surgical-endoscopic skills, patient care, contributions to community and volunteerism.

Dr. Severson is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director of the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center and Program Director for Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric and Flexible Endoscopy Fellowship. Dr. Severson is member of SAGES Global Affairs committee, facilitating the Global Surgical Curriculum, which provides SCORE-based tele-education on a regular basis to the residents, faculty and private practice surgeons of Haiti.

Dr. Severson has spent over 30 years educating surgeons and medical professionals on every level imaginable in the U.S. and abroad. Even more impressive than that is that Dr. Severson is the Founder and CEO of Project Haiti. Through this effort, he has personally made over 70 trips to the poorest country in the world, with the sole purpose of teaching laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. He played a huge role in building a state-of the-art hospital with full minimally invasive surgery capabilities in a town that rarely has running water or power. Not only did he build it, but he taught the people there how to use it. Over the years, he has successfully put on laparoscopic workshops that have allowed people in the poorest country in the world to enjoy the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. The most incredible thing about Dr. Severson though is that he has made all of these incredible contributions to the education of others very quietly, without seeking reward or recognition. He does it because he loves it. He lives for it. His teaching knows no boundaries, and includes medical students, residents, fellows, attendings, in a classroom setting, in the OR, on the podium, in a meeting, on a teleconference, and in the poorest country in the entire world in a building with no power. His dedication is truly inspiring.

SAGES gratefully acknowledges support by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation