In a changing health care environment, there’s a lot of things that are out of our control but on this Saturday we’re able to have control and help these patients receive the surgical care they desperately need,” - Dr. James Suliburk, associate chief of endocrine surgery.
Our commitment to community ranges near and far, and from engagements with existing charitable and not-for-profit organizations to those generated by department members.
The following is a small sampling of these activities:
Houston Walk for Victory: For the majority of his career Dr. Joseph Coselli has been at the forefront of the treatment of patients with Marfan syndrome. Dr. Coselli’s clinical stewardship has helped make the Texas Medical Center a major site for Marfan and heart-related studies. For over two decades, Dr. Coselli has partnered with The Marfan Foundation, bringing the foundation’s community-building and philanthropic events to Houston, including the nationwide Walk for Victory program benefiting the foundation’s research into this life-threatening genetic disorder. He chaired the inaugural 2016 Houston Walk for Victory, which raised nearly $140K—the largest and most successful fundraising even in the history of the foundation, and leads the “Coselli’s Crusaders,” a top fundraising team.
International Missions: The Department of Surgery has a long history of training surgeons to provide excellence in medical care to underserved and resource-limited communities in the US and around the globe. Dr. Larry Hollier has participated in numerous global surgical capacity-building trips for the treatment of craniofacial and hand deformities. He chairs the medical advisory board of Smile Train, helping to supervise safety in over 100,000 pediatric cleft surgeries in 85 countries. Dr. Laura Monson traveled to Egypt and Dr. Edward Buchanan traveled to Tanzania to treat these children as well. Also, Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye and his family have participated in volunteer overseas medical missions organized by Faith In Practice. Dr. Olutoye has participated in over 30 medical missions to Guatemala, Russia, Haiti, Malawi, Botswana and Liberia. Surgical Saturday: Here in Houston our surgeons are part of the 80-member volunteer medical team of Surgical Saturday, a collaboration among CHI St. Luke’s Health and Houston-area nonprofits, advocating affordable and accessible healthcare. The program provides surgical procedures at no charge for patients in need.