March 30, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us as experienced field anesthesiologist Dr. Gerry Bashein discusses his experiences over 12 years with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). At this unique in-person event Dr. Bashein will share stories and anecdotes gathered in over 15 assignments with MSF, including his work in Liberia, Syria, Libya, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Nigeria, among others. Find out what the real challenges are when trying to perform surgical procedures in the middle of a civil war, or during the Arab Spring, or in places where health care is chronically insufficient. Learn how a few surgical interventions can radically change the lives of women living with obstetric fistulas. Hear first-hand accounts of what it was like inside Syria during the early stages of the conflict. And find out how MSF's core principles and its medical humanitarian mission guided Dr. Bashein's work in the field.

This event is FREE, fully accessible, and open to the public.

Registration is required, and seating is general admission. 


Dr. Gerard “Gerry” Bashein is an anesthesiologist who has been working in the field for MSF intermittently since 2005.  He has completed 15 missions in 10 countries and has had wide exposure to MSF projects related to surgery and obstetrics.  He has worked in areas of post-conflict situations (Liberia, Sri Lanka), active armed conflict (Sri Lanka, Libya, Syria, Jordan), reconstructive surgery (Jordan), urban civilian trauma (Nigeria), exclusion from care (South Sudan, Nigeria), and the aftermath of natural disasters, both acute (Haiti) and late (Indonesia, Nepal).

Dr. Bashein's “daytime” job is as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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