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2009 International Volunteer Award: Glenn W. Geelhoed

Dr. Geelhoed (right) at work.

Glenn W. Geelhoed, MD, FACS, of Washington, DC, was presented the 2009 Surgical Volunteerism Award for international outreach in recognition of his devotion to delivering surgical care and education throughout the world. Each year, Dr. Geelhoed assembles up to eight surgical missions, with teams of medical students, residents, and physicians. Over his career, he has led more than 200 such missions to Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, and South America, and has inspired countless others to take up the mantle. Since 1975, his academic base has been George Washington University, where he is professor of international medicine. In 1996, he established the African Regional Research Program; currently, he is developing an international health center and international medical education program for the university. His influence on generations of surgeons is vast, both in the U.S. and across the globe.