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2008 Surgical Humanitarian Award: Guy Theodore

Dr. Theodore (right) with a patient.

Guy Theodore, MD, FACS, of Pignon, Haiti, was the inaugural recipient of the 2008 American College of Surgeons / Pfizer, Inc Surgical Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes surgeons who have dedicated a substantial portion of their career to ensuring the provision of surgical care to underserved populations without expectation of commensurate reimbursement. A native of Haiti, Dr. Theodore received his graduate medical training in the U.S. and later joined the U.S. Air Force. While away from his homeland, he remained focused on the profound needs of his fellow Haitians and developed a strategy to build the Hôpital de Bienfaisance de Pignon when he returned in 1983. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Theodore has built not only a hospital, but a rich and diverse set of public health services encompassing human immunodeficiency virus care, dental and eye clinics, midwifery, clean water and sanitation initiatives, and microfinance programs in Pignon and the surrounding communities. With the assistance of expatriate surgeons who volunteer with the Christian Mission of Pignon, Community Coalition of Haiti, and Project Haiti, Dr. Theodore regularly holds courses for physicians from all areas of Haiti. His efforts have resulted in a modern hospital facility with a broad complement of medical and surgical services.