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The Power of Global Partnerships

By Laura Otto

Practicing medicine — specifically the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental disorders — was always part of Michael D. Morse’s plan. It wasn’t until he journeyed to Jerusalem between college and medical school, however, that he witnessed how his passion for psychiatry and global health could have a real impact on physicians and patients in the Middle East. For Michael Morse, M.D., M.P.A., a third-year psychiatric resident at the GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the desire to improve the overall well-being of Palestinians was personal.

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A Clear Vision

SEE International, the Organization Built by GW Alumnus Harry Brown, M.D. ’59, Offers the Opportunity to View the World through Fresh Eyes

By Kristin Hubing

Around 11 o’clock on Sunday mornings, an ophthalmologist from Noor Eye Hospital in the Afghan capital would drive 15 kilometers to Kabul International Airport. There, he would stand on a balcony and peer through binoculars into the cockpit of the Ariana Afghan Airlines plane that had just landed on the runway. If the co-pilot held up a white Styrofoam box with a red label reading Fragile: Human Eyes, the physician would phone the hospital to tell staffers they could begin prepping patients for corneal transplants. Thanks to regular donations from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the patients were about to receive sight-restoring surgery that some had been awaiting for years, if not their entire lives.

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