Dr. Samuel Berry Broaddus '73


Citation for Dr. Samuel Berry Broaddus, 2003 Common Good Award recipient.

"Dr. Samuel Berry Broaddus of the Class of 1973, you have selflessly given your time and expertise to serve patients and physicians the world over.  For years, you have traveled great distances to provide much-needed care to people in some of the world's poorest countries.  You travel with medical equipment and supplies, all donated due to your artful and impassioned persuasion. On several trips, you have remained for weeks and months at a time, training other doctors to use life-saving tools and skills.

A native of Westbrook, Maine, you were an active student at Bowdoin. You participated in track and football, served as a DJ for WBOR, and worked at your fraternity, Psi Upsilon, to support yourself during your years here. While at Bowdoin, you served as a tutor and teacher's aide in the Brunswick Public Schools.  Upon graduating cum laude, you enrolled in the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. You returned to Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, where you served as a chief resident and were named Resident of the Year by the University.

In 1982, you began an 18-month journey that took you to St. Lucia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. You traveled with donated medical equipment and financed your trip with personal monies and through donations from local churches. In each locale, you spent months living and working with local surgeons, teaching them how to use the urological equipment you brought. You improved the quality of care for hundreds of patients, who could, for the first time, be diagnosed and treated using non-invasive procedures. Your training of local physicians ensured that the treatments would continue well after you departed.

Since 1994, you have traveled frequently to Haiti on the rough roads from the Port-Au-Prince airport to Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles.  On each trip, you brought with you a footlocker filled with gloves, masks, antibiotics, and catheters. You spent your days providing urological care and surgeries in a region where such care is rare and inconsistent. Hearing of your visit, patients traveled for days to the hospital, often on foot or by donkey, to receive care.  Working with translators, you frequently saw as many as 50 patients a day. You have made these trips family affairs, traveling with your wife, Sandra, and children, Nathan and Hannah. You have instilled in them the value of service, and your children have organized clothing drives, cared for children in a local orphanage, and once assisted you in the operating room.

A colleague said you have always given of yourself, strengthened by your faith and interest in world cultures. Last year, Vietnam became your latest humanitarian destination. Your international work has earned you well-deserved recognition, including an award from the Pan-African Urological Surgeons' Association for "helping to bring urology to the doorstep of the underprivileged in Africa." In 1991, you received the Westbrook High School Alumni Award. You also serve your local community as an advisory board member for Two Roads Maine, a wilderness retreat for those with life-threatening illnesses.

Samuel Broaddus, it is with great pride, and an even greater sense of admiration for your commitment to teaching and healing, that we present you with the 2003 Common Good Award."

May 31, 2003