It is with profound sadness that we inform you about the passing of a beloved member of our Duke Anesthesiology family, William “Bill” Maixner, DDS, PhD.
View the exciting highlights from this year’s fourth annual Pie in the Face fundraising event, hosted by Duke Anesthesiology, that raised a total of $4,185 for its Global Health Program!
In a quest to continuously measure pulse oximetry in hikers and study alternative strategies for treating hypoxia in patients, Drs. Richard Moon and Eugene Moretti describe their 11-day trek in the Himalayas.
Q: What was the main goal of this year’s American Board of Anesthesiology-accredited, month-long global health residency rotation in Ghana?
A: The goal of the trip to Ghana was to create a project that could show an incremental measurable gain in the delivery of health care. We arrived in Accra, Ghana at a very interesting time.
Q: Can you provide an example of the learning takeaways that Duke Anesthesiology residents gain from their global health mission trips?
A: In March, we spent a week in Jacmel, Haiti, providing anesthesia care and helping to improve the education of Haitian doctors and nurses caring for patients in the perioperative period. The days were long, mostly pushing 14 hours, but we worked with wonderful folks to take excellent care of very grateful people as they received the surgeries they needed, so time went by quickly.
A: It’s March 11th and we’ve safely arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the sixth time in as many years to help evaluate and care for a group of children undergoing general and urologic surgeries. Our mission brings hope to these individuals and families while simultaneously seeking a sustainable model by supplementing pediatric training for local providers and collaborating on research and quality improvement endeavors with local institutions.