American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

2010 International Volunteer Award: Samuel B. Broaddus

Dr. Broaddus and a Haitian boy (status post-nephrectomy) after the 2010  earthquake, Justinien Hospital, Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Samuel B. Broaddus, MD, FACS, of South Portland, ME, was presented the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award for international outreach for his commitment and significant contributions toward improving surgical care in Haiti, where he has volunteered frequently over the last 16 years. Each year from 1994 to 1998, he spent two weeks at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in central Haiti, performing urological surgery where there was no other urologist. Since 2002, he has led annual surgical missions to Justinien Hospital in Cap Haitien, a 250-bed teaching hospital operated by the Haitian Ministry of Health. His work is done in partnership with Haitian physicians at Justinien through Konbit Sante, a Maine-based not-for-profit. In 2008, Dr. Broaddus and Konbit Sante conducted a comprehensive assessment of current and future needs for surgical services and surgical postgraduate education at the hospital. This groundbreaking situation analysis has proven to be a valuable model for understanding surgical needs in other resource-poor countries. After the January 2010 earthquake, Dr. Broaddus led a surgical response team from Konbit Sante to Cap Haitien to provide emergency surgical care to injured Haitians.