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Maine Surgeon Samuel B. Broaddus, MD, FACS,
Receives Award for Service to the Medically Underserved

American College of Surgeons                       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                       
October 2010                                             

CONTACT:
Sally Garneski
312-202-5409 or
Cory Petty
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E-mail: Pressinquiry@facs.org

Maine Surgeon Samuel B. Broaddus, MD, FACS, Receives Award for Service to the Medically Underserved

CHICAGO: Samuel B. Broaddus, MD, FACS, a urological surgeon from South Portland, ME, was recognized for his selfless efforts as a volunteer surgeon to medically underserved individuals around the world by being named a recipient of the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Pfizer, Inc.  Dr. Broaddus received a Surgical Volunteerism Award for international surgical outreach activities in recognition of a career defined by giving back to the medically underserved outside the United States.  He was one of four surgeons who received a surgical volunteerism award at an awards dinner held earlier this month during the ACS 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.  The volunteerism awards are given "in recognition of those surgeons committed to giving something of themselves back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care through organized volunteer activities."

For more than 16 years, Dr. Broaddus' dedication to improving the delivery of surgical care has led him to voluntarily serve the medically underserved in Haiti.  He initially started on that path by helping those in need in other parts of the world.  Shortly after completing his residency, Dr. Broaddus taught transurethral prostate surgery for two years to general surgeons in mission hospitals in St. Lucia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.  In addition to being a learning leader, he sought, collected, and shipped donations of fiber optic resectoscopes to each hospital at his own expense, to ensure the technique could be continued after his departure. He later served as a visiting professor at hospitals in Thailand and Vietnam.

A graduate of Bowdoin College and a 1977 graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Broaddus undertook a surgical residency at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA (1977-79); completed a urology residency at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington (1979-82); and embarked on a urology consultancy at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand (1983-84).  He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology in 1985 and has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1992.   

Dedicated to serving the needs of those who have been unable to obtain medical care on a regular and often much-needed basis, Dr. Broaddus has passionately pursued the goal of improving the care of surgical patients in Haiti.  Annually, from 1994 to 1998, Dr. Broaddus spent two weeks as the only urologist at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in central Haiti, where he performed urological surgical procedures.

Since 2002, he has volunteered with the Maine-based medical not-for-profit Konbit Sante, working in partnership with Haitian physicians at the Justinien Hospital in northern Cap Haitien to improve basic health care.  Dr. Broaddus' work at the hospital includes organizing annual surgical missions for the last eight years to the 250-bed teaching hospital, which is run by the Haitian Ministry of Health.  Through his efforts, the surgical infrastructure and surgical residency training at the hospital have markedly improved.

In 2008, Dr. Broaddus coauthored a groundbreaking situation analysis of Justinien Hospital, after conducting a comprehensive needs assessment of surgical services, including surgical postgraduate education.  A first-of-its-kind report for northern Haiti, Dr. Broaddus' analysis is viewed as a model for understanding surgical needs in other resource-poor countries. Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Broaddus led a seven-person surgical response team from Konbit Sante to Cap Haitien, in order to provide emergency surgical care to injured Haitians. 

Dr. Broaddus is the 21st recipient of the ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award, which was inaugurated in 2003.  Richard S. Bransford, MD, FACS, Kijabe, Kenya, received the Surgical Humanitarian Award; Col. Michael W. Cruz, MD, FACS, Tamuning, Guam, received the Surgical Volunteerism Award for military outreach; and T. Peter Kingham, MD, New York, NY, received the Surgical Volunteerism Award for resident outreach.

The surgical volunteerism awardees are determined by the ACS Governors Committee on Socioeconomic Issues, and the awards are administered through the ACS Operation Giving Back program.  The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.  The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.  Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 77,000 members, and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world (http://www.facs.org). 

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