Local Doc Hero to Haiti

If you’re like me, you know Good Samaritans who trekked to Haiti after the infamous earthquake of 2010. But if you’re like Dr. Ron Israelski, Good Samaritan doesn’t even begin to cover it. In the August issue of WAG, I profiled a set of extraordinary physicians with Israelski recognized as a global humanitarian. The Hudson Valley orthopedic surgeon has visited Haiti every two to three months since the devastation hit, and his nonprofit depends on support from Good Samaritans like yourselves who can donate from the comfort of your own homes. Israelski supports Haiti not only by rebuilding bones but the country’s state medical system. He’s deployed millions of dollars worth of orthopedic equipment and clinical care to Port-au-Prince through his nonprofit Orthopaedic Relief Services International (ORSI), and that’s just a fraction of his story.

Read more about Israelski and other local docs who provide relief care, like Westchester Medical Center’s Dr. Damon DelBello, in our August WAG’s salute to extraordinary physicians.

Donations to ORSI may be mailed to P.O. Box 269, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. For more, visit orsinternational.org.

– Andrea Kennedy

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