Meet Dr. Bob
May 26, 2011 by Alex
He’s a retired pediatric cardiologist who spends some of his free time working with International Children’s Heart Foundation, helping kids in Iraq and training the future of Iraqi medical care—doctors and nurses who are eager to learn. Dr. Bob’s kind demeanor, patience, and medical expertise make him an incredible teacher and the kind of partner we love and need to have in Iraq. These qualities also made the brief conversations we’ve had very enjoyable.
Dr. Bob’s responsibilities here include performing echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart), repairing hearts through minimally invasive procedures, and training local staff to do the same. Between saving lives and equipping his Iraqi students with knowledge and skills for the future; Dr. Bob renewed my sense of awe in medical care and motivation for pursuing advances in treatment here in Iraq and beyond.
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|Alex Phillips, a two-time PLC summer intern ('10 & '11), has invested his heart into the surgical and medicinal aid available to the children of Iraq, hoping to better understand the complicated ties between poverty and health. On his off days, Alex spends his time reading up on his field, listening to punk rock, and riding his bike.|