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4.21.2011

Dr. Barth Green Earns More Recognition for His Work in Haiti

In recognition of his unwavering dedication to neurosurgical science and his exemplary humanitarian efforts in Haiti for the past 20 years, Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The award was presented on April 13 at the organization’s annual meeting in Denver, where Dr. Green was introduced by esteemed colleague and last year’s winner Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and co-chair of neurological surgery.

“Dr. Green’s immediate and massive response to the earthquake in Haiti transformed him in the eyes of our community from the great humanitarian that we all knew he was to a giant human being capable of moving mountains,” Dr. Heros said.

In January, 2010, Dr. Green led the massive medical relief effort in Haiti after a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the Caribbean country, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and critically injured. Green was on the ground within 20 hours, and he soon inaugurated a field hospital, gathered supplies and brought together hundreds of doctors and nurses to provide life-saving medical treatment to nearly 30,000 injured Haitians and perform more than 1,500 emergency surgeries. It was his long relationship with Haiti through Project Medishare, which he co-founded in 1994, that made the rapid response possible.

“To be recognized by your peers nationally at the largest and most important annual meeting in organized neurosurgery is an incredible experience,” said Green. “As I humbly accept this high honor, I especially appreciate their highlighting not my 10,000 career operations, but rather my service to others, which for me has been a truly privileged part of my medical career and life!”

Dr. Green also is co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the University of Miami’s Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a university-wide program focused on improving health care and advancing community development in the Western Hemisphere.

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