Top Doctors 2012: Going the Extra Mile to Save Lives
Local docs travel the globe to make the world—and the Twin Cities—a better place.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE HENKE AND KATHERINE HARRIS
“When you hear about such a dramatic instance of people in higher need, every physician wants to help out. I was more than happy to go [to Haiti], and it felt more like my privilege than anything else.”
“It’s essential to share your skills and talents with others. . . . By going [to Ecuador], there’s an opportunity to give that community some of the resources we have in the United States.”
“Anyone who wants to shadow me, I try to find a spot for them. . . . I’ve had students who’ve gone on to be nurses or work in public health. It’s rewarding to see something click.”
“When you invest the time and effort to serve overseas, you gain so much perspective on the human condition and the practice of medicine.”
“I hope what I can provide will last beyond me. . . . What I can give can go beyond that encounter and help shape how things are going to be easier in the future.”
“Volunteering is one of the most gratifying things. You have day-to-day stresses as a doctor. But . . . the appreciation that is shown to you is just unbelievable.”
Clockwise from top right: Jennifer Welsh, Jeff Shultz, and Pete Melchert address critical needs far from home.
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