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Member Spotlight: Dr. Coburn Allen
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Dr. Coburn Allen writes about being a #lifesavER and our responsibility to create the next generation of #lifesavERs for underserved populations of the world. Dr. Allen is a proud constituent of State Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Donna Howard.

Compassion & The Future of Medicine

For me, work as an emergency physician is not simply taking care of patients, but enabling others to care for themselves. Being passionate about global health and underserved populations, I founded the Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach program, which supports a medical clinic and public health efforts in Leogane, Haiti. In addition to direct support of our clinic, we collaborate with nine other children’s hospitals in North America to train and equip pediatric residents at Port-au-Prince’s St. Damien Children’s Hospital.

Haiti leapt into the national spotlight after the earthquake in 2010, but continues to demonstrate a great need for medical expertise and development. Equipping pediatricians in Haiti to care for the population is a step closer to providing the children of Haiti with basic care and medical help. Through UT-Austin Dell Medical School, I am able to train medical school students to provide support to Haitian healthcare professionals, providing future doctors with the tools to practice compassionate medicine.

But Haiti is not just a project or job for me, I have a personal connection through my adopted son, Comerson, who I first met in a Haitian orphanage in July of 2013. Between my medical outreach work in the country and seeing the population’s needs through my son’s experience, my commitment to developing the next generation of compassionate medical experts is stronger than ever. I know the future of medicine requires selfless, compassionate and professional role models to guide the next generation here and abroad. Being a #lifesavER is about more than being a great emergency physician, it is about creating future doctors who can go the distance, not only in medical development but in helping underserved populations around the world. I have found deep satisfaction and fulfillment in doing this work and I hope other hospitals and physicians follow the example that we are setting with our outreach to Haiti. Global health is important for everyone and we as caretakers and physicians recognize that every human life is important and deserving of good medical care.

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