Humanitarian Program

Humanitarian Program

Humanitarian Efforts

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Dr. Kevin Potts, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisville, has traveled numerous times to Ecuador and Kenya treating hundreds of children and adults who have minimal access to healthcare. Yearly, Drs. Potts and Jeffrey Bumpous, J. Samuel Bumgardner Endowed Professor of Otolaryngology and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders, lead a team traveling to Migori, Kenya where they perform numerous thyroidectomies for patients with massive thyroid goiters. They also treat many other patients with additional Head and Neck pathologies. 

In addition to nurses and anesthesia providers, residents and medical students are encouraged to participate. The feedback from the residents and medical students who have been involved to date has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The educational value of mission work is immense—extending beyond clinical and surgical experience. Short-term mission work will help these young physicians become more compassionate and grateful as they prepare for their practice,” said Dr. Potts.

Humanitarian efforts in Otolaryngology are expanding rapidly. Involvement during residency may soon be recommended, not just allowed.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, “residency is an optimal time to participate in humanitarian mission trips domestically and especially abroad. Such service can hopefully set a pattern for future service and can be a tremendous learning and teaching experience.”

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