After founding and directing a successful brain surgery practice in Atlanta for over a decade, I embarked upon a mission to bring life-changing surgical treatment to patients in four underserved countries. Words can’t describe the sense of fulfillment that I received from my work and the privilege I felt having fostered true heartfelt relationships with patients and peers in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Thank you for sharing this glimpse into my experiences.
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery provides a potential cure for some brain tumors and disorders otherwise inoperable. It can also provide an easier outpatient treatment for other patients eliminating the need for open surgery. In 2008, several doctors in the international Gamma Knife community and I formed Medical Radiation Centers (MRC), a social entrepreneurship company, designed to address this global need. Our first project was the Centro Gamma Knife Dominicano at Hospital Cedimat in Santo Domingo. I had the privilege of training and working with a staff of local neurosurgeons who I now count as dear friends. The hospital has treated more than 350 patients including charity cases from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. My colleagues also graciously allowed me to treat additional charity cases from other Latin American countries. It is gratifying to see the quality of care that has developed at the center, and I am fortunate to continue as an active part of this tight-knit team.