As a skilled surgeon, Dr. White has been eager to share his expertise in surgery with the less fortunate. Offering his time and supplies, he embarked on a medical mission trip to Jacmel, Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. During his time in Haiti, he dedicated his efforts to serving patients at a free medical clinic.
(L) Dr. White making surgical rounds joined by a colleague. (R)100,000 Haitians are homeless near Jacmel, Haiti.
The free medical clinic, open to all people, treated an average of 300-400 patients daily with 10-12 surgical cases per day. Typical patient encounters included wound care, reconstructive surgery, emergency critical care problems as well as combating outbreaks of measles, typhoid, diarrhea and dehydration. Dr. White completed multiple surgeries along with patient critical care.
While in Haiti, the surgeons observed an unfortunate degree of devastation, poverty, poor sanitary conditions, misery and lack of basic health care . However, the Haitian people are resilient and amazingly faithful. The clinic started each day with prayer—and each surgical case with prayer—a Haitian tradition even before the earthquake.
Reflecting on his time in Haiti, Dr. White says, “It was not about how many patients we saw in clinics, numbers of surgeries, or our egos—but about empathy and love for our neighbors. The problems facing Haiti are great and will continue for many years—and our prayers will continue to be with Haiti.”
In addition to the 2010 mission trip to Haiti, Dr. White has been able to participate in medical missions with the International Medical Assistance- making trips to Yucatan, Mexico.
Haiti 2013,a view through the cinder block wall while school children play at recess.
Although Dr. White remains busy serving patients at their cosmetic surgery practice, he continues to devote his spare time to charitable foundations and medical mission organizations. The Board Certified Surgeon feels extremely blessed to have the opportunity to share his God-given talents with third world countries.