Letter from Director

Dear Colleagues,

The events yesterday eclipse our global efforts, and today our hearts and thoughts attend to the victims and families of the Marathon Bombing.  Yesterday was another reminder that the work we do globally is closely tied, in character and impact, to the work we do here at home. As all of you know, many of our HHI faculty are emergency physicians at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass General Hospital, Beth Israel and Children's. As I, like many of my colleagues, came the ER to help, I realized that most of the physicians on duty were our HHI doctors. They were as composed today as they have been in many humanitarian crises around the world. It was a great source of pride for me to see them calmly and compassionately care for these patients in the midst of this tragedy.
I'd like to thank those HHI physicians who were working in the Emergency Department yesterday:
Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH
Shawn D'Andrea, MD, MPH
Ziad Obermeyer, MD, PhD
Kelli O'Laughlin, MD, MPH
Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH
They, and their colleagues from across the hospital, swiftly stabilized and treated every patient who came through the Emergency Department.  In all, we treated 31 victims by 7pm yesterday, with 2 in critical condition, 9 going to the OR, and the rest on a spectrum from moderate to more minor injury.  
My deep thanks and appreciation for our HHI-ER team, and to all of you who reached out to each other for support.  Thank you for your thoughts, words of encouragement and your support of our HHI "family." 
The Marathon bombings remind us that our work as humanitarian professionals may take us across the globe, but may also require our efforts here at home.
Michael VanRooyen
Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative