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Organization

Medicorps is an international volunteer organization aiming to improve health-care globally and reduce poverty in disadvantaged countries regardless of political, racial and religious circumstances. Medicorps is a public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code for its educational, charitable and scientific activities (federal non-profit ID #99-0231009). Medicorps is also a registered 509(a)1 public charity.

Short History

From 1979, for about 10 years, Medicorps, under its previous identity, Trans Pacific Health Foundation, conducted numerous medical missions in many different poor countries across the globe. The focus gradually shifted from direct patient care to teaching and training. From the early 1980s on Medicorps also got involved in the management of major humanitarian emergencies, such as natural disasters and armed conflicts other than war. Now Medicorps focuses mainly on the training and teaching of medical personnel, both from affluent and poor countries, with emphasis on bridging the knowledge and skills gap.

Key Members

Dr. Gunther Hintz, president

German born Dr. Gunther Hintz spent most of his adult life in the US as a physician.  In Hawaii he founded a multi-physician group of plastic and reconstructive surgeons which he left 1986 to dedicate himself exclusively to charitable work overseas with Medicorps.  He led numerous medical missions to poor countries across the world and taught surgery as clinical instructor in many hospitals.  Furthermore, having been trained in disaster management and humanitarian assistance, he helped with a number of natural and man-made disasters, such as floods, fires and, mostly, armed conflicts.

In Cambodia Dr. Hintz and his teams assisted in the revival of health-care for over 20 years, concentrating increasingly on medical education and training.  “Building bridges between young health-care givers from poor countries and rich ones will do more than all the international aid money combined.”

Another important aspect of Dr. Hintz, in keeping with his academic background, is research to benefit not only one country, but the world at large.  He invites you to be involved in those studies as well, perhaps for your thesis or a paper.

Dr. Hintz summarizes his philosophy: “It doesn’t matter what we accumulate in our life, but what we leave behind”.

 

Prof. Irwing Ziment, vice-president

England-born Dr. Ziment is a Professor of Medicine and an expert in alternative medicine, with a special interest in herbal medications including homeopathy. He was Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine Chief of Pulmonary Diseases at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, California for 27 years until retirement. He has authored numerous articles and several books on these topics.

In his retirement he joined Medicorps in its quest to improve the education of young physicians through Exchange programs in poor countries.

 

Prof. Lawrence P. Burgess, medical consultant

Prof. Lawrence P. Burgess is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He received his medical degree from and has been in practice for 34 years.  He is also a professor for Telemedicine and the director of the Telehealth Research Institute at the University of Hawaii and Director of Surgical Medical Student Education.

He assists Medicorps by providing expertise for the Medicorps Internet Relief Network and the elective rotation program for international health-care students. He provides his expertise to set up research programs in poor countries.

Michael Bailey, treasurer

Greenpeace and environmental activist Michael Bailey was described as “one of the foremost eco-warriors of our time” according to Rex Wyler, a founding member of Greenpeace. He supervised the original Greenpeace flagship ‘Rainbow Warrior’ (Wikipedia).

Michael’s life neared a close a few times through his daring efforts to protect sealife, whales and dolphins in seas which were being fished by large corporate interests. He also went to Kuwait after Saddam’s invasion to clean up land from the serious contamination that occurred from the invasion and ensuing military conflict.

A true, behind-the-scenes hero, always seeking to protect life and Earth with his own, he provides valuable guidance to Medicorps with his long experience in the world of education, public relations and education, and charitable activities.

Dr. Kosal Sang, country coordinator

Dr. Kosal is a Cambodian physician who graduated from the International University in Phnom Penh in 2007 and finished his internship in 2014. He has been with Medicorps for 4 years in the capacity of translator and medical guide. He is also the coordinator for student and resident placement, much loved by the students and residents absolving their elective rotations in Cambodia.