Story posted September 15, 2010
Sam Broaddus '73, a urologist from Portland, Maine, has been selected by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to receive the Surgical Volunteerism Award for international outreach, in recognition for his commitment and significant contributions toward improving surgical care in Haiti.
The ACS presents the award annually to one surgeon in the U.S. whose altruism, vision, leadership and dedication provide a model to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference.
Broaddus, senior partner and president of Portland Urological Associates, also volunteers with and serves on the board of directors for Konbit Sante, a Maine-based volunteer partnership that aims to improve public health by working with two hospitals in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
"As a board member and surgical team leader of the Maine-based NGO Konbit Sante, I have been trying to affect meaningful change in surgical and urological care delivery in northern Haiti under the most trying of conditions for nearly 10 years," says Broaddus.
"Having just returned from my 13th trip to this struggling island nation, I remain convinced that Konbit Sante's work has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Haitians, particularly after the January 2010 earthquake."
Between 1993 and 2008, Broaddus traveled to Haiti 10 times to provide medical care in its hospitals. In collaboration with Konbit-Sante and Maine Medical Center's Department of Surgery, medical residents from Haiti are completing rotations in Portland.
In 2008, Dr. Broaddus conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of surgical services at Justinien Hospital, including surgical postgraduate education, and co-authored a ground-breaking situation analysis of these services.
This report is the first of its kind in northern Haiti, and is viewed as a model for understanding surgical needs in other resource-poor countries.
After the January 2010 earthquake, Broaddus led a seven-person surgical response team from Konbit Sante to Cap-Haitien to provide emergency surgical care to injured Haitians.
Broaddus is to be presented the award at the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C., October 5.
"This notable ACS award gives me pause once again to thank Bowdoin for the opportunities it has afforded me in helping others for the 'Common Good.' Without a strong educational foundation during my formative years, none of my recent contributions would have been possible."
In 2003, Broaddus received Bowdoin's Common Good Award. Read more about his work in Haiti.