Healing hands in conflict zones

UF Health physicians put themselves at risk to provide critical medical relief around the globe

Dr. Jones Sometimes, getting to patients means an arduous trek through the rainforest for Dr. Riley Jones.

Rebuilding lives and health care systems

UF Health internist treats Venezuelan refugees, despite threat of guerillas and COVID-19

ELN A video warning from the ELN group in Colombia about crossing the border.
Jones family Dr. Riley Jones with his wife, Rachel, and daughter Coraline, in the Saharan Desert in Erg Chegaga, Morocco.
“When we set out to clarify, as a family, our shared sense of vision for our one life, we kept coming back to our work in global health.”
— Riley Jones, M.D., DTM&H
Peds card Dr. Frederick “Jay’’ Fricker, left, and a team of clinicians provide essential services to children in the turbulent Gaza Strip.

Mending hearts in the Middle East

UF Health pediatric cardiologist travels to Gaza and the West Bank to save children

peds card Dr. Frederick “Jay” Fricker, left, a long-time pediatric cardiologist at the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, has medically cared for populations living in dangerous areas overseas for more than 25 years.
peds card Since 2010, Dr. Frederick “Jay’’ Fricker, left, has helped pediatric patients as part of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund.
peds surg For Dr. Robin Petroze, left, providing care in distant countries is rewarding but also can be emotionally challenging.

Building bridges to better care

UF Health pediatric surgeon creates strong ties with local medical community in Rwanda

peds surg Dr. Robin Petroze, right, collaborates as a mentor and examiner for surgical trainees through the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. She is pictured here with senior Ethiopian pediatric surgeon Dr Milliard Derbew.
peds surg Dr. Robin Petroze, left, works with surgical fellows in Kenya.

Project Haiti

Unusual spring break trips give UF Health student volunteers new perspectives on health care

haiti Serge Geffrard, M.D., helped organize the first Project Haiti trip in 1996.
haiti Carolyn Carter, M.D., standing in black shirt, and Donna Parker, M.D., standing at left in blue shirt, have participated in Project Haiti trips for many years.