Cap Haitian April 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.