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PROMOTING HEALTH AND BUILDING CAPACITY

We have more than 20 years experience in Haiti. Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier founded Project Medishare for Haiti in 1994. They assembled the first team of faculty from the University of Miami Schools of Medicine and Nursing to assess the health care situation in Haiti, and explore ways in which they could help improve health conditions for the people in Haiti. Since that first trip, Project Medishare has forged partnerships with physicians and allied health professionals from all over the world who share a strong belief in social justice, and the universal right to access quality healthcare and development services. Immediately after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, the organization fielded the first medical team of foreign physicians to arrive in the country. Within days, Project Medishare set up a 300-bed trauma and critical care field hospital on the grounds of the Port-au-Prince airport at the request of the Haitian president. 

In June 2010, after treating more than 30,000 earthquake victims, Project Medishare moved out of the tent hospital and into, Hospital Bernard Mevs, which was only partially functional due to the post-quake conditions. Project Medishare brought in all of the high-tech equipment used at the field hospital, upgraded the hospital to include intensive care units for adults, children and premature babies, and turned Hospital Bernard Mevs into the only trauma and critical care hospital in Haiti. While most aid organizations have pulled out of Haiti now that the immediate earthquake crisis has subsided, Project Medishare remains committed to helping Haitians rebuild their country and healthcare system. Project Medishare was helping Haiti long before the earthquake, and will be there for many years to come.

We were in Haiti before the earthquake.
We were the first on the ground after the earthquake.
And we are still there now, saving lives
and rebuilding hope.

FOUNDERS

PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER BARTH A. GREEN, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Green is presently Executive Dean of Global Health and Community Service and a Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

 

He received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1966 and his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1969.  Dr. Green completed his general surgery training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from 1969-1970; and his neurosurgical residency from 1970-1975 at Northwestern University in Chicago.

 

Dr. Green is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He has received numerous local, national and international honors including most recently: The Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism (United Way of Miami Dade County), President’s Medal (University of Miami), Humanitarian Award (Florida Board of Medicine), Heathcare Heroes Award (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce).

 

Dr. Green is a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and disorders.  He is a co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which is the largest and most productive spinal cord injury and paralysis research center in the world. Dr. Green also co-founded Shake-A-Leg Miami, an adaptive water sports center that combines education with recreation to serve undeserved youth and adults. This program serves over 12,000 children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges every year.

 

Aside from these important initiatives here in the United States, Dr. Green co-founded Project Medishare for Haiti in 1994 to help improve the health status of Haiti’s citizens through an integrated and community approach to sustainable development.  He serves as President of Project Medishare, as well as an active Board Member of the Center for Haitian Studies.  Dr. Green also co-founded the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a university-wide program focused on improving healthcare and advancing community development in the Western hemisphere.  Project Medishare has served as the implementing arm of the University’s programs in Haiti.

CO-FOUNDER ARTHUR MICHAEL FOURNIER, M.D.

Dr. Fournier is professor and vice chairman of the Family Medicine & Community Health Department and the Associate Dean for Community Health Affairs. Dr. Fournier has been sharing his expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, nursing and community health affairs with students at the University of Miami School of Medicine since 1978. He has also served as adjunct professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Dartmouth Medical School since 1997.

 

A frequently published academic, Dr. Fournier has written numerous books and journal articles. His publications have covered subjects including AIDS, coronary artery disease, and a wide array of subjects in internal medicine, family medicine and community health care. He has served as an editing reviewer for Chest and the Journal of General Internal Medicine since 1989 and more recently became an editing reviewer for American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Academic Medicine.

 

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Fournier has raised over $40 million dollars for services to South Florida’s underserved communities through the State of Florida’s Area Health Education Center Network. Dr. Fournier’s tireless efforts in community health care have been recognized on numerous occasions, particularly for his work involving the Haitian-American community. He has coordinated and led students and faculty teams providing humanitarian health care services in Haiti since 1994. He founded a medical exchange program with the teaching hospital and medical school of Haiti with several schools in the United States. In 1997, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Transcultural Medicine Award by the International Institute of Human Understanding.

 

In 1994, Dr. Fournier co-founded Project Medishare, a group of physicians and health care professionals committed to rebuilding the medical infrastructure of Haiti. His professional memberships include the Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

 

A South Florida resident for 25 years, Dr. Fournier earned a Bachelor’s of arts degree from Merrimack College in 1969 and a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1973. After completing his residency, he practiced with the National Health Service Corps in Virginia for two years before joining the University of Miami School of Medicine.