Team Leader: Dr. Mark Hershey, M.D.
Team Type: General Surgery and Gynecology
Campaign Summary: There were 112 general consultations and 31 general surgeries performed. There were also 87 gynecological consultations with 17 gynecological surgeries performed.
Americares – Stamford, Connecticut
Highland Street Foundation – Newton, Massachusetts
Lauren Aron, Assistant
Dr. Eugene Aron, M.D., Gynecologist
Dr. Kathleen Connor, M.D., Anesthesiologist
Laurie Diamond, Perioperative Nurse
Clare Green, Anesthesia Technician
Dr. P. vonRyll Gryska, M.D., General Surgeon
Emma Hershey, Translator
Judith Hershey, Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Mark Hershey, M.D. Anesthesiologist
Heather Horan, Operating Room Charge Nurse
Steven Horan, Assistant
Virginia Lynch, Operating Room Nurse
Ann Mullen, Perioperative Nurse
Elizabeth Mullen, Assistant
Loretta Nelson, Perioperative Nurse
Helen O’Dougherty, Operating Room Nurse
Catherine Purcell-Gryska, Translator
Karen Roche, Operating Room Nurse
This was the second team from Newton Wellesley Hospital to work at the Kausay Wasi Clinic under the direction of trip chief Dr. Mark Hershey and hosts Guido and Sandy del Prado. This trip proved to be another successful visit. We continued to bring laparoscopic surgery to the Sacred Valley, including laparoscopic cholecystectomies and laparoscopic tubal ligations. (Laparoscopic surgery allows patients an efficient recovery.) With Dr. Gene Aron joining the team this year, many patients benefited from his expertise in gynecological procedures.
The blend of new team members with our veteran staff was a cohesive team from day one. Their determination and dedication was most evident when (twice!) they continued to work through power outages.