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Participants of Howard University Medical Mission to Haiti
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett

Position: Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine
Specialty: Internal and Preventive Medicine
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Medical Degree: Medical College of Pennsylvania
Trip to Haiti since Earthquake: 2rd                                                            
Why is she going to Haiti?
“It’s an opportunity for our students to learn and an opportunity for our students and faculty to serve those in extreme poverty who are receiving poor health care.  It’s also an opportunity for us to train Haitian medical clinicians so they can continue our work once we leave.”

FACULTY

Dr. Marie Fidelia-Lambert

Position: Associate professor of pathology in the Department of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital
Specialty: Pathology
Hometown: Port au Prince, Haiti
Medical Degree: Universite d’Etat d’Haiti
Trips to Haiti Since Earthquake: 3rd                                                         
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I always want to help Haiti and this is a tremendous opportunity to expose students to the practice of medicine in a different and very challenging environment.”

Marjorie Gondre-Lewis, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant professor of neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University College of Medicine
Specialty: Neuroscience
Hometown: Grand Riviere, Haiti
Doctorate Degree: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Trip to Haiti since Earthquake: 3rd                                                            
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I am passionate about seeing the country move forward
Dr. Onyinye Onyekwere

Position: Assistant professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Medicine Howard University
Specialty: Pediatric hematology and oncology
Hometown: Umuahia, Nigerian
Medical Degree: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Trip to Haiti Since Earthquake: 3rd
Why is she going to Haiti:
“I am passionate about seeing the country move forward and this is the way that I ca contribute.”
Dr. Shelley-Ann Hope

Position: Assistant Professor, Vice Chair and Medical Director of Outpatient Services in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital
Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hometown: Barbados, West Indies
Medical Degree: Howard University College of Medicine
Trip to Haiti since Earthquake: First                                                         
Why is she going to Haiti?
“Service is a very important part of who I am.  I believe in giving back wherever I can.  This was a perfect opportunity for me.”

Dr. Roxanne Smith-White

Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Doctorate Degree: Howard University College of Medicine
Trip to Haiti since Earthquake: 2nd
Why is she going to Haiti? “I want to help rebuild the health services in that community, and expose our students and residents to an extraordinary learning experience.”

HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MEDICAL RESIDENTS

Dr. Rachel Jeanty, 32

Hometown: Petit Rivier Nippes, Haiti
Year of Residency: Second year in Internal Medicine
Medical Degree:  Howard University College of Medicine
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I’ve done missionary work in South Africa and Mozambique.  Being from Haiti, one of the reasons that I chose medicine was so I can help.  Once I finish my residency, I plan to do internal global health, and this is an extension of that.”

Dr. Yihenew Negatu, 32

Hometown: Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Year of Residency: Third year in Internal Medicine
Medical Degree:  Jimma University, Ethiopia
Why is he going to Haiti?
“When I saw the opportunity – you give a service and you learn – I knew I wanted to go.  This is a learning experience that exposes us to diseases not common in the United States.  It’s a place with limited resources, like my country.  This is a great learning experience.  It’s a time when we give what we have, what we can, to a population that’s not getting good health care.”
Dr. Namrata Shah, 30

Hometown: Bombay, India
Year of Residency: Third year in Internal Medicine
Medical Degree:  Mimer Medical School, Ethiopia
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I come from India, where I have the experienced of working with limited resources.  At Howard I got a little spoiled, because we do have the resources.  I feel like going to Haiti is like going back to my roots.  We have a responsibility to give back to the global community and to the society we came from.”

Dr. Nadine Vidor

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Year of Residency: Second in Internal Medicine
Medical Degree: Howard University College of Medicine
Why is she going to Haiti?
"I've done medical missions before in places like Nigeria. My parents are Haitian, so, I was excited to come back and help."

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE SERVICE LEARNING ROTATION

Bolanle Abayomi, 25

Hometown: Ogun State, Nigeria
Year at College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Internal Medicine
Undergraduate Degree:  Howard University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I am very passionate about serving communities that need help.  That’s one of the reasons I work in the New Freedmen’s Clinic at Howard University Hospital, where we serve people who don’t have insurance.  I’m hoping that this is one of many future trips, not just to Haiti, but around the world.”

Brittany Brand


Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Year at College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Pediatrics
Undergraduate Degree: University of Miami
Why is she going to Haiti? "I came last year and had such a good experience, the ability to be hands on, that I wanted to come back. I hope to do more medical missions in the future."

 

Earl Brewley Jr., 25

Hometown: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Anticipated Specialty: Surgery
Year at Howard University College of Medicine: 4th
Undergraduate Degree:  University of the Virgin Islands
Why is he going to Haiti?
“To fund my undergraduate education, I worked as a barber.  Most of my clients were Haitians.  They told me how tough it was for them in their country.  I saw many individuals, some who came to the Virgin Islands illegally, who didn’t have insurance and who had medical conditions that could have been easily treated, but they didn’t have the means.  So now I can see it firsthand.  It’s all come full circle, because I have the ability to give back to the individuals who gave so much to me.”

Rashidah Green, 26

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Pediatrics
Undergraduate Degree:  Brown University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“Ever since the earthquake, I’ve been trying to find a way to help.  I just want to help people in need.  Also, I took a Haitian Creole class when I was at Brown.  I’m looking forward to using my Creole.”
Joanne Lataillade, 30

Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
Year at College of Medicine: 2nd
Anticipated Specialty: Undecided
Undergraduate Degree:  Barry University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“My parents are Haitian, and because of that, I have a passion for the culture and the people.”
Aminatu Lawal, 26

Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate degree: Howard University
Juliana Llano, 26

Hometown: Medellin, Columbia
Year at Howard University College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Pediatrics    
Undergraduate Degree:  University of California, Davis
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I want to work in an underserved country, like the one I come from, and I’m interested in international medicine.  I’ve seen the impact of violence and disease, and I want to change that and the best way I can do it is through medical missions.”
Thomas Nguyen, 26

Hometown: Monterey, Calif.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery or Cardiology
Undergraduate Degree:  University of California, Davis
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I thought it was important work, helping the underserved.  This is close to me because I come from that background.  I was raised with three other kids by a single mother.  My mom still lives in subsidized Howard.  That’s why I came to Howard, because of the college’s mission to serve the underserved.”
Chijindu Nworgu, 28

Hometown: Abai State, Nigeria
Year at College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Radiology
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Maryland, Baltimore
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I’m interested in global health.  Because of my upbringing in Nigeria, you see first hand what happens to people when they don’t get quality health care.”
Adaobi Okonkwor, 25
Hometown: Anambra State, Nigeria
Year at College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate Degree:  Howard University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“My goal is to be a medical consultant in an organization that does medical missions, like the World Health Organization or UNICEF. My experiences growing up in Nigeria lead me to want to give back. I feel that this one of the best ways I can do that.”
Ashley Pinette, 27

Hometown: Fort Launderdale, Fla.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Surgical Oncology
Undergraduate Degree:  Florida Atlantic University
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I’ve never been, and I’ve always been interested in helping out, particularly since both of my parents are from Haiti.”
Bruce Reaves, 24

Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Surgery, Geriatrics or Emergency Medicine
Undergraduate Degree:  Duke University
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I came to Howard because I wanted to do mission trips and I know whatever specialty I chose, I want to do mission work.  I see this as the beginning of that journey.”
Brian Rogers, 30

Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Year at Howard University College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Anesthesiology
Undergraduate Degree:  North Carolina Central University
Why is he going to Haiti?
“It represents an opportunity to help people that may be less fortunate than I am.  I feel as much as we give them, we’re going to get as much in return.”
Theron Washington, 26

Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Year at Howard University College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Arizona
Why is he going to Haiti?
“I wanted the opportunity to help people in underserved community that are in need and the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better.  This is that opportunity.”
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE STUDENTS VOLUNTEERING WITH NOAH AND HAA
Olubakdo Ayeni, 28

Olubakdo Ayeni, 28

Hometown: Ekiti, Nigeria
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate Degree: 
Why is he going to Haiti? “I want to help out and give back to the community.”

Jean-Edeson Belcourt, 24,

Hometown: Hillside, N.J.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Undecided
Undergraduate Degree:  Montclair State University
Why is he going to Haiti? “I was in Haiti last year, and the experience was lovely.  So, I wanted to visit this year and I plan to be here next year.  Until somebody tells me I can’t, I’ll keep coming.”

Ashleigh Bouchelion, 24

Hometown: Laurel, Md.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I just want to be able to give any way possible, plus, I want to do Doctors without Borders.  This is a country with great need.  So, I’m excited about the experience and the impact.  We’re just helping people live to be healthy.
Akeyla Brown, 25

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Year at College of Dentistry: 3rd
Undergraduate Degree:  Brown University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I want to be a better-rounded dentist.  I want to have a more cultured experience when it comes to my approach two dentistry.  I believe this experience will help me become a better dentist.”

Cristina Burton, 27


Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Year at College of Medicine: 4th
Anticipated Specialty: Internal Medicine
Undergraduate Degree:  University of West Georgia
Why is she going to Haiti? “I am very passionate about serving communities that need help.  That’s one of the reasons I work in the New Freedmen’s Clinic at Howard University Hospital, where we serve people who don’t have insurance.  I’m hoping that this is one of many future trips, not just to Haiti, but around the world.”

Kim Ann Dang, 28

Hometown: Newark, Calif.
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Undergraduate Degree:  University of California, Los Angeles
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I’ve never had the opportunity to visit a place of so much need.  I need the opportunity to experience it, to learn things that I might not necessarily get to learn in the College of Medicine.”
Tanya Gonzalez, 31

Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Year at Howard University College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate Degree:  George Washington University
Why is she going to Haiti?
“This is something I always had a passion for, international work.  I majored in international affairs as an undergraduate, so this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Jean Guerrier, 29


Hometown: Port au Prince, Haiti
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Undecided
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Massachusetts, Boston
Why is he going to Haiti? “”I am a strong believer in helping people who are less fortunate.  I can give back to my community, not only in Haiti, but any community that is underserved.  That’s one of the reasons that I chose Howard medical school, because that is part of its message.”

Anne Hardy-Henry, 22

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Year at College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Surgery
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Toronto
Why is she going to Haiti?
“Growing up in Jamaica, I witnessed a lot of poverty and the disparity between the upperclass and the lower class.  I want to give back and I’ve always wanted to do outreach.”
Jarrod Matthei, 24

Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Year at the College of Medicine: 3rd
Anticipated Specialty: Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Miami
Why is he going to Haiti?
“Being from Miami, I have a lot of close Haitian friends.  At the University of Miami School of Medicine, we raised $125,000 through the Rotary Club to build a factor in Haiti to produce Akamil, a rice product.  That brought jobs and commerce to the area and touched people’s lives.  I enjoyed it and I want to do more.”
Marcee McRae, 30

Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Year at College of Medicine: 3r
Anticipated Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Undergraduate Degree:  Hampton University
Graduate Degree: Brooklyn College
Why is she going to Haiti?
“I like helping people.  That’s fulfilling to me.  This is the second trip, but this time I want to help take care of patients.”
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