Doctors International

Providing Healthcare & Education for Underserved Communities Worldwide

Our team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of healthcare providers including physicians and nurses that represent all medical and surgical subspecialties. These teams would be dispatched to areas of need nationally and internationally to provide the specific healthcare services needed in that area. These services can include medical and surgical care.

A triage team, who will be a health professional identified in each location, will screen patients prior to the medical mission and determine the medical needs of the specific population. This triage team will interface with local healthcare providers to coordinate the right health care team that will meet the needs of the population in need. This triage team will also serve as a liaison to provide information to the local population and coordinate care and establish educational opportunities for continued care after the mission is completed.

Missions will typically last one to two weeks depending on the location and need. During the missions, The GW MFA team in partnership with local healthcare providers, will provide medical care for the underserved population. Additionally, the GW team will provide an opportunity for local healthcare providers to learn up-to-date treatments to improve and continue care after the mission is completed.

The GW MFA team will provide these services free of charge and will not discriminate based on any social, political, or religious affiliation.

Mission

  • To provide high quality multidisciplinary healthcare to the underserved and indigent population, both nationally and internationally.
  • To educate patients and local healthcare providers in order to improve the existing quality of healthcare at that locale.
  • To establish an independent and self-sufficient healthcare team that would be able to respond expediently to crisis and disaster situations.

Thank you for supporting Doctors International at The GW Medical Faculty Associates. We are grateful for your time, talents, and donations that help bring medical care to people around the world. Your kind gifts allow us to continue providing health care services to indigent populations both nationally and internationally.


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Meet Our Co-Founders

Learn More About the Co-Founders of GW Doctors International

Doctors International launched its first mission to Guyana, South America. Led by Drs. Vaziri and Dangerfield, a 21-member-team of surgeons, surgical residents, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical techs and a public health specialist. Beginning with just an idea, co-founders Dr. Paul Dangerfield and Dr. K. Vaziri began the mission of providing the same high quality multidisciplinary healthcare from Washington, D.C., to the under served and indigent population internationally.

Dr. Vaziri

Dr. K. Vaziri

Khashayar Vaziri, MD is board-certified in General Surgery and specializes in advanced laparoscopic and gastrointestinal surgery. He also serves as the Program Director for the Residency in General Surgery, co-founder of Doctors International and an professor of surgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. K. Vaziri was also the former Director of Surgical Clerkship. His areas of interest include laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux, achalasia, hiatal hernias, and laparoscopic surgery for the stomach, and spleen.

Dr. Paul Dangerfield

Dr. Dangerfield

Paul Dangerfield, MD is a board-certified in Anesthesiology and director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at The GW Medical Faculty Associates. He is also an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences and a co-founder of Doctors International. His areas of interest include care of the acutely injured patient, acute pain management and regional anesthesia. In 2012, Dr. Paul Dangerfield learned about the medical needs and opportunity in Guyana from a friend. Shortly after, Dr. Dangerfield began the exciting journey of starting GW Doctors International along with his colleagues at the GW Medical Faculty Associates and GW Hospital.

 

Past Missions

Learn More About Past Doctors International Mission Trips

The GW Doctors International team, in partnership with local healthcare providers, will provide medical care for the underserved population. Additionally, the team will provide an opportunity for local healthcare providers to learn up-to-date treatments to improve and continue care after the mission is completed.

The Mission of Doctors International is:

  • To provide high quality multidisciplinary healthcare to the under served and indigent population, both nationally and internationally.
  • To educate patients and local healthcare providers in order to improve the existing quality of healthcare at that locale.
  • To establish an independent and self-sufficient healthcare team that would be able to respond expediently to crisis and disaster situations.

2017: Guyana

Clinical Focus: Urology & Surgery

In November 2017, the Department of Urology and the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine deployed a team of attending physicians and residents to help address the backlog of urologic procedures and teach surgical and anesthesiology residents some methods and procedures to help them care for these patients.

During the weeklong mission, the group had three objectives for the trip, says Daniel Stein, MD, residency director for the Department of Urology and assistant professor of urology at SMHS. The first was to help a group of patients in desperate need of care. The second was to collaborate and help train urologists in Guyana to perform surgical procedures and get them comfortable enough to train others.

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2014: Guyana

Clinical Focus: Gynecologic, Urologic and General Surgery

In November 2014, Doctors international completed a mission at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and West Demerara Regional Hospital in Guyana. This one-week mission included our GW Doctors International team of obstetrics, urologic, general surgeons, and anesthesiology providers. Like many medical missions, this mission was done with the goal of improving the quality of care and maternal health in Guyana through education and training. Over the course of 5 days, our visiting team of providers trained and educated local providers, and conducted over 40 surgeries.

The Doctors International team on this trip comprised of over 20 GW providers led by co-founder, Dr. K. Vaziri, general surgeon; and just some of our providers including: urologist, Dr. Michael Phillips; anesthesiologists, Dr. Marian Sherman and Dr. Seth Akst; general surgeon, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Shroeder, and OB/GYN, Dr. Amr Makour as well as several other physicians, registered nurses, and surgical technologists.

2013: Guyana

Clinical Focus on Urology & Surgery

In October 2013, Doctors International launched its first mission to Guyana, South America. Led by Drs. Vaziri and Dangerfield, a 21-member-team of surgeons, surgical residents, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical techs and a public health specialist spent the week seeing patients, conducting surgeries and educating healthcare providers at Guyana’s Georgetown Public Hospital and West Demerara Hospital. In addition, the team worked with the Ministry of Health performing health education outreach for the public. Read more about this mission.

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