Spotlight: Humanitarian Efforts | Fred L. Daniel, MD
It can sound like a cliché, but it is true: We who volunteer often get more out of our service than those we serve.
Where do you currently practice and what is your specialty area?
I currently practice in Savannah, Georgia. I perform general ENT with a focus on otology and sinus surgery, head and neck, and laryngology, as well as pediatrics.
What humanitarian mission or organization are you involved with?
I work with Faith in Practice, based out of Houston, Texas. This organization is dedicated to the health and well-being of the impoverished in Guatemala, sending surgical and medical teams from all over the United States throughout the year. There is a poor safety net, and our patients would not get the needed surgeries otherwise.
What got you started in committing your time and practice to humanitarian efforts?
My Christian faith led me to the mission field, and after I was invited to go, I have been participating in these mission trips every year since 1999.
How does your work impact the communities you serve and you as a person?
We provide the surgical needs for the limited resource communities in Guatemala. There is a poor safety net, and our patients would not get the needed surgeries otherwise. We are an ecumenical Christian organization, and our patients know we are serving the Lord by serving them.
What would you say to encourage others to support humanitarian efforts around the world?
It can sound like a cliché, but it is true: We who volunteer often get more out of our service than those we serve. It is rewarding to give our talents to those in need, and not worry about payments, insurance, precertification, etc. You form close bonds with teammates and workers in the country. And as Jesus says in Matthew 25, when we serve them, we serve Him.
Any other final comments or thoughts?
Volunteers are always needed. Check out the website at https://www.faithinpractice.org/.