The Gloves Came Off for Global Health

Duke Anesthesiology’s second annual Pie in the Face global health fundraising event was a big success! On December 15th, a crowd gathered to watch the top donors, Drs. Eddie Sanders and John Buckwalter, throw the honorary pies at the contest “competitor” who raised the most money, Dr. Sol Aronson! But they weren’t just any kind of pies; they were Dr. Aronson’s favorite, banana cream.

We’re proud to announce that the three contest “competitors” raised $4,096 this year which will support our residents’ travel expenses for their global health projects. We’d like to thank all of the donors for their generosity and the other two competitors, John Borrelli and Sharon Taylor, for participating in this year’s fundraiser! Despite his best efforts, there was no escaping the pie for John, the contest’s runner-up! Overall, Dr. Aronson raised $3,346, John raised $550 and Sharon raised $200. Overall, we raised about $1,300 more than last year!

The Pie in the Face contest is an annual global health fundraiser that began last year. Three “competitors” are chosen from our department each year. The person who earns the most donations in their name receives the celebratory pie in the face; the top donor receives the honor of throwing the pie. Last year’s contest “winner” was our chairman, Dr. Mathew, who received a pie in the face from the top donor for two years in a row, Dr. Eddie Sanders from Duke Regional Hospital. Here’s a look back at the inaugural Pie in the Face event: http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/?p=830010.

Anesthesia plays a critical role in global health care and there is a great need for anesthesiologists abroad. In response, Duke Anesthesiology continues to take steps to encourage our global presence in countries that need it the most. Thanks to everyone who supports our department in the name of global health.

Chris KeithThe Gloves Came Off for Global Health