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Medical staff brings care and expertise to the Caribbean

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In partnership with World Pediatric Project, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia medical staff members can offer their expertise and services to children all around the world who might not otherwise have access to care.

An international nonprofit, World Pediatric Project provides children with access to life-changing surgical care. Through its traveling medical teams and U.S. referral program, over 2,000 children a year receive treatment they would not have access to in their native regions. Orthopaedic surgeons Joshua Pahys, M.D., and Steven W. Hwang, M.D., have both collaborated with World Pediatric Project, traveling to the Caribbean to perform spine surgeries for children experiencing pain and compromised lung capacity due to scoliosis. With help from World Pediatric Project, our staff is able to secure donated supplies, airfare and lodging during their visits.

Dr. Pahys traveled to Barbados for a medical trip for the first time in October 2018. “The trip was truly a life-changing experience for me. It gave me such a wonderful and much-needed dose of perspective to see how much good a small group can do when everyone focuses their energy towards a common goal,” said Pahys. “It was my first of I hope many more mission trips with World Pediatric Project.”