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HSS Humanitarian Work

HSS is committed to advancing global health and the delivery of humanitarian services.

Aligned with the pillars of our mission—patient care, research, education, and enhanced quality of life—HSS seeks to develop well-rounded leaders capable of providing short-term international or domestic assistance that promotes human welfare and reduces human suffering.

Our clinician and staff involvement in humanitarian work reflects our commitment to providing well-trained personnel and resources to respond to a full spectrum of natural or man-made emergencies. HSS employees have the opportunity to take time off with pay for humanitarian service projects.

HSS Global Health efforts focus on supporting the delivery of care for vulnerable populations, through volunteer work. Our residents have protected academic and travel time, receive tuition support, and apply their knowledge in low-resource settings.

Our residents and fellows are strongly encouraged to take the necessary time to engage in global and domestic work. To this end, we are fortunate to have the Esther Diamond Fund—made available through a generous patient donor—which supports associated travel expenses for residents and fellows.

A FOCOS therapist with a pediatric patient

Foundations of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS)

FOCOS was founded by the Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD. The Foundation provides orthopedic care to underserved populations in West Africa and other developing nations.

A FOCOS therapist with a pediatric patient

Advancing Anesthesia Care in Developing Nations

Under the direction of Swetha Pakela, MD, HSS provides regional anesthesia training to medical providers in nations such as Ghana, India and Uganda to improve the standard of anesthetic care in a long-lasting way.

Team in Haiti

HSS Medical Staff in Haiti

HSS organized a team to help victims in Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Kethy Jules-Elysee, MD, leads several mission trips to bring medical care to Haiti and other areas each year.



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