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Dartmouth Medical Team update: Jan. 20, 2010

Dartmouth doctors in the OR
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center doctors Philip Bernini (background left) and Anthony Albert (foreground right) at work in the operating room in Hinche, Haiti. Photo by Kimberly Gagnon, RN. More photos at Dartmouth's Flickr photostream

Dr. Rajan Gupta, head of the first group of Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center medical personnel to travel to Haiti, on today's aftershock: "We were awakened at 6 o'clock in the morning by some tremors and we all quickly ran out of the building. It lasted just a couple of minutes and fortunately there was no impact or damage here in Hinche."

Dr. Gupta is Trauma Program Director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and leads Team One of the Haiti relief mobilization efforts. This team of nine physicians and nurses has been providing aid to the injured in Haiti since Sunday, January 17, at a clinic in Hinche run by Partners in Health. Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim is a co-founder of PIH.

A second volunteer medical team from Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center d eparted from Lebanon, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Dartmouth Team Two, including a doctor and eight nurses, landed safely at the airport in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. last night and is en route to Port Au Prince. They were also unaffected by the earthquake this morning.

The Dartmouth Haiti Response involves Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, alumni, and friends.

Last Updated: 1/20/10