Sounds of Haiti

There is always humming from somewhere. It is usually low and musical as patients try to distract themselves from phantom limb pain that is not at all phantom. 

It is 13 days after the earthquake. I am coordinating a 12-member team at St. Marc’s hospital, a government facility on the west coast of Haiti. For the 2 years prior to the quake, Partners in Health has supported the site with materials and salary. An orthopedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon, an anesthesiologist, an emergency room physician and five nurses are with me from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. (more…)

Continue Reading


“Woch nan dlo pa konnen doule woch nan soley.”

“The stone in the water does not know the pain of the stone in the sun.” -Haitian Proverb

Approximately 1300 days have passed since an earthquake leveled (more…)

Continue Reading

From San Francisco to Port-au-Prince

We collected at SFO, ready for a 10 day trip to Haiti, to join a group from Harvard for a Global Health Bootcamp.  Despite some typical airport delays, missed flights, and sprinting through the airport, our fearless program directors navigated our safe and timely arrival in the newly rebuilt airport of Port Au Prince. (more…)

Continue Reading