Surgical Team and Coordination Details

September 1-8, 2016 - Surgical Team Dominican Republic:

  • Orthopedic Scoliosis Surgeons: Dr. Duane Pitt -, Dr. Jeff Wingate -√, Dr. Eric Shirley (FL)?, Dr. Kevin A. McCracken (NY) -?,
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons: Dr. Luis Garcia-
  • Approach Surgeon: Vacant
  • Pulmonary-Critical Care Physician: Dr. Sassia Donaldson-Morgan -√, Vacant
  • ICU RN x4: Shauna Keller RN, Kristen Keller NP, Jaynah Busher RNVacant, Vacant
  • Anesthesiologist x4: Dr. Mark Brandon -, Dr. Danielle Young, Dr. Vinicio Lluberes, Dr. Anne Pinto (BDA)-
  • Hospitalist: Dr. Keila Pitt -√, Dr. Aneudy Nunez -?
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: -Vacant
  • Neurologist: Vacant
  • Surgical 1st Assistant x4: Stefan Farrell CRNFA -, Tiffany Carter PA (NY) -,  Vacant, Vacant
  • Surgical RN x4: Savanna Zorn RN-, Brandi Budworth RN, Debra Keegan RN, Vacant
  • Surgical Scrub Technician x4: Todd Lehmenkuler -, Milagros Rukstelis-?, Regina Thicklin-Brown- , Lidia M. Parsons ?, Deb Escalera-?
  • Blood/Cell Saver Technician x1: Charles E. Superfon
  • Neuromonitoring x3: Kevin Sasser-, Kathleen Calixto (NY)-, Jacqueline Little (NY) -√, Vacant
  • Hardware Vendor: Dan Kamm (Medtronic), Matt Pullen (Globus), Vacant (Medtronic)
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist: Ron Goldstein-, Christine Mills -?
  • Central Processing (CPD): Don Hoz, Vacant
  • Medical Admin x2: Amy Pointdexter -, Osviany Garcia-,Mark Soares (BDA) -√
  • Photographer: Misti Layne -
  • Videographer: AZ Channel 3:  -√
  • Medical Logistics Support: Jose Ramon Agramonte -√
  • Research/Data Collection: Vacant, Vacant
  • IT: Gavin McKinzie-√, Darlyne Pitt-

Pending Sponsorship- *     Confirmed  -√  Pending Schedule Adjustment -ǂ  

Dominican Republic -(DR)   Bermuda -(BDA)    New York – (NY)  Florida- (FL)


Future- September  2017 Dominican Republic

  • Orthopedic Scoliosis Surgeons: Dr. Duane Pitt -√, Vacant, Vacant
  • Approach Surgeon: Vacant
  • Pulmonary-Critical Care Physician: Dra. Sassia Donaldson-Morgan, Vacant
  • ICU RN x3: Vacant, Vacant, Vacant, Vacant
  • Anesthesiologist x4: Dr. Mark Brandon , Dr. Danielle Young ,  Dr. William Johnson -?, Vacant, Vacant
  • Hospitalist: Dra. Keila Pitt -√
  • Surgical 1st Assistant x4:  Stefan Farrell CRNFA -, Vacant, Vacant
  • Surgical RN x4: Vacant, Vacant, Vacant
  • Surgical Scrub Technician x4: Todd Lehmenkuler -, Vacant, Vacant
  • Blood/Cell Saver Technician x1: Vacant
  • Neuromonitoring x3: Keven Sasser,  Vacant, Vacant
  • Hardware Vendor: Dan Kamm, Vacant, Vacant
  • Medical Admin x3: Amy Pointdexter -, Lisa Snyder -Vacant, Vacant
  • Photographer: Vacant
  • Medical Logistics Support: Jose Ramon Agramonte -

If you would like to volunteer your time, efforts, and expertise to help others on any trip, this will require a commitment to help with logistics, planning, and organization for the trip.  We look forward to your help and thank you in advance for your help and may God bless you.  Please email your request to Amy Poindexter at

Dr. Pitt


Basic disposable supplies Check List for Each Trip

Kerlix Rolls, Stapler, Bag o Jets, E-tapes, Mallet, Peanuts, 3M Ioban, 3 and 5 mm soft touch burs, 18 GA Spinal needles, Ten tens drape, ¾ +cap +thyroid sheets, Bovie sticks + pads, Jerry Springer, Raytech, Laps, 10 + 15 blades, Blue Towels, Medium hemovac drains, 4 x 8’s Gauze Dressing, Fraser suction, 3”athletic tape, Caspar retraction set, TEDs, Masasol Spray, Peanuts, Back Table Covers, Betadine Ointment,  Pall (Blood in line) Filters,  Suture (Ethobon, 1 vycryl CTX, 1 vycryl CT, 2-o vycryl SH, 3-o monocryl, 4-o monocryl, 4-o monocryl PS2, 3-o monocryl PS1), Surgical Goves, Masks, Head covers, Feet covers.

Large Equipment and Supplies Wish List.

  • Full CSPD department with autoclaves and reverse osmosis system for facility. (No clean water for patients or equipment currently available).
  • Jackson Table and Frame
  • Bone Graft Re-supply


Travel Information:

Updated  2 October 2015

Dominican Republic, Santiago




Dr. Dario Contreras Hospital (Public Hospital)


Call your cellular service provider the day before you leave and ask for the international data plan (I use Verizon and it makes it cheaper to use email and data while there. We can all communicate easier and cheaper if you have a smart phone). It is prorated by the day and you must update your phones roaming capabilities while you are on US soil otherwise the data plan will not go into effect when you land in SDQ. There is also a plan for voice yet still not cheap. My cell phone will be working (602) 999-5471 or Keila cell phone number is (829) 284-9220. My Black Berry Messenger PIN is 335638DD. This works great and texting is FREE! Text  messaging also works but is not included in the data plan and is expensive, yet cheaper than voice. Magic jack VoIP is great.


The weather is usually similar to San Diego this time of year except significant humidity. Expect 78-89°F for a high and 65-75°F for a night low. It is still warm enough to swim in the ocean and enjoy the sun. I is likely to rain at some point.


Exchange Rate is 41.9. Dominican Pesos to $1 USD

*****You  must  arrive in the country  with $10 USD  in your pocket for the entry fee.******

Tropical Medicine and Disease

Malaria, Cholera, and Dengue Fever to name a few, are endemic and various prophylactic medication is available through your primary care physician. A good resource for travel medicine and immunization would be Linda Alvarez-Thull MD. Her office number is 480-661-8348, and let her know I reffered you. I personally have never used any prophylactic medication. Just do not drink the water unless it is bottled by DASANI ® or has the filtered symbol on the side of the bottle, and bring mosquito repellent.

Health Insurance

Check with your local health insurance carrier as they may offer health insurance and coverage for emergency transportation to the clossest qualified medical facility (USA). Keila and I utilize a company through our insurance broker. You can purchase short term insurance that covers medical treatment as well as medical evacuation, if stable, to the US. The company is International Medical Group.

Local People

The people are very warm and friendly like any island paradise. This is a very impoverished country and people work very hard for tips. Theft and other non-lethal violent crimes is on the rise like most places. Please watch yourself (not much different than South Central Las Angeles, New York, or Detroit). Be aware of your surrounding and don’t travel by yourself. You will find the food very good and the history and customs wonderful.