Michael Behr, MD, OrthoAtlanta’s medical director, completed his eighth medical mission trip to Haiti.
Here are four takeaways:
1. During his annual medical mission trips, Dr. Behr provides Haitians with general orthopedic care and surgical procedures. The people of Haiti travel for many miles, and camp outside for days, awaiting the chance to see the doctors.
2. Orthopedic surgeons from several different physician practices in Atlanta come together to participate in the weeklong medical mission, including two to three orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals. The first few days are spent examining patients, providing immediate treatment and identifying those who need surgery.
3.Dr. Behr and the other orthopedic surgeons participating in the program perform surgeries toward the end of the week. Once he and the other medical professionals from Atlanta leave the island, physicians at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti conduct follow-up appointments.
4. OrthoAtlanta is the second largest physician-owned orthopedic practice in Atlanta with 39 physicians serving 13 offices.