Media Release: Dayton Children’s welcomes CNN Hero Dr. Rick Hodes to speak at grand rounds

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10-14-2011 (Dayton, OH) -

CNN’s hero and ABC’s Person of the Week, Richard Michael Hodes, MD will speak at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton as a grand rounds guest lecturer on October 19 at 8:30 am. His speech, “Medicine for the Underserved in Ethiopia—Far More Than Primary Care” will discuss many of the ailments currently affecting Ethiopian children as well as a low-cost approach to treating common, but devastating conditions. The event is open to the public.

Dr. Hodes received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. After several teaching opportunities in North America, he traveled to Ethiopia to teach in a clinic and provide care for displaced Ethiopians. He adopted five Ethiopian children who had been deemed unadoptable for medical reasons. This included tuberculosis of the spine, an unknown condition to the west, in which the child’s back is twisted causing collapsed lungs and eventually death.

Not only has he implemented a modernized vaccination program and preventative care at private clinics, but he has also arranged for more than 60 children to go abroad to have the corrective surgery otherwise unavailable in their home country. Dr. Hodes personally raises the money for the children to travel abroad.

“Rick Hodes, an American doctor, tries to save the world one life at a time,” says ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dr. Hodes currently works as the medical director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution, which provides relief for Jewish individuals in over 70 countries and a boarding school for orphans in Rwanda.

Stemming from his accomplishments, Dr. Hodes has received countless honors and accolades. He was a 2007 CNN Hero: Championing Children, 2010 ABC’s Person of the Week, and the subject of a 2009 HBO Documentary titled “Making the Crooked Straight.” He is also the subject of a book by Marilyn Berger titled “This is a Soul-The Mission of Rick Hodes.”

Dr. Hodes speech will be held in the Kogut Auditorium at Dayton Children’s and is open to the public.

For more information, contact:
Kelly Kavanaugh
Director Marketing Communications
Phone: 937-641-3666


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