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During this COVID crisis it is good to see people step up to be true leaders in their surroundings.  Whether at home, work, or in one’s community, people are looking for those who are willing to take a leadership role to help navigate these uncharted waters. Leaders are typically people who inspire others through their […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 Day 11

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It’s Go Time… Again! August 19, 2019 Day 11   This morning started with a 5:15am wake-up call for those that wanted to do some Pilates led by Dr. Lieberman. Or some extra sleep for the others. We all met up for a good breakfast at 6:30 before heading out for the hospital at 7:00am. […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 9 & 10

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R&R August 17-18, 2019 Day 9 and 10   This weekend was MUCH needed. After lots of late nights and a heavy case load last week, we were all slowing down. Three members of Team 1 left us on Saturday morning—Dr. Kayanja, Teisha, and Ashlee—and the rest of us that were staying for week two […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019- Day 5

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It’s Go Time! August 13, 2019 Day 5   We started the day today with another 6:00am wakeup call, at breakfast by 6:30am. I would say we definitely loaded up for our first day of surgery; French toast, bread, marble cake, potatoes, eggs, we ate it all. We loaded up on the bus at 7:30am […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 4

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Day 4: Murphy Strikes Breakfast was like the calm before the storm; no one truly knew what was going to happen, but we knew it would be a busy day. We had planned one instrumentation and fusion and one posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion for the morning, and occiput (bone at the bottom of your […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 3

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Day 3: Clinic Queues Another morning, another breakfast, another bus ride to the clinic, however, instead of our usual bus, we had a much more entertaining situation. The previous night, our normal bus driver wasn’t there, so someone else drove us to the hotel. The problem was, the bus we were taking was significantly smaller […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 1

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Day 1: Oh, the places you’ll go After many hours of international air travel, landing us in Doha, Qatar for a night, a majority of team 1 was able to reunite. Attending team 1 was Dr. Isador Lieberman, Dr. Michael Hisey, Dr. Jaime Villerreal, spinal fellow, all from Texas Back Institute, along with Dr. Susan […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 Team One: Day 9

Day 9: July 12th, 2016 Overnight we were joined by another group of new team members: Dr. Kerner and her plastic surgery crew, including Dr. Susan Benton (anesthesia) and her surgical tech, Lorna. As it happens, they arrived at a very opportune time, as several of our patients were desperately in need of interventions from […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 Team One: Day 4

  Quote of the Day: “Two broken arms, a broken ankle and a scoli … what a family”. Sherri’s assessment of a family we met at an impromptu roadside clinic today that was “walking wounded”. Sometimes witnessing the struggles of others put your own in perspective. We are humbled every day by the patients we […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission: Day 3, Wed, July 29th- ‘The real work begins’

It was a 5:30 am start for the ‘brave’ ones as Dr. Lieberman, Lance and Joseph went on a four mile run on the dark and deserted roads of Mbarara. The stars were still shining, the air still, and silent, save for the sound of their shoes hitting the ground and the occasional scrapes of […]

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