Surgical Team and Coordination Details

September 6-13, 2017 – Surgical Team Dominican Republic:

  • Orthopedic Surgeons: Dr. Duane Pitt -√, Dr. Greg White-,  Dr. Luis Garcia(DR)-√, Vacant
  • Neurosurgeon: Dr. Jamal McClendon-
  • Anesthesiologist : Dr. Mark Brandon -?, Dr. Danielle Young-? ,  Dr. William Johnson -? Dr. Annie Pinto (BDA) -?
  • Pulmonary-Critical Care Physician: Dr. Sassia Donaldson-Morgan, Dr. Sotirios Kassapidis (NY)
  • Hospitalist/Internest: Dr. Keila Pitt -√, Dr. Maria Cristina Diaz (DR)-√, Dr. Stanley James (Chaplain) (BDA)-√
  • PACU/ICU/Ward RN: Samantha Stallsmith RN-√, Jane Taylor RN-√: Vacant, Vacant,
  • Surgical 1st Assistant: Stefan Farrell CRNFA -√, Vacant, Vacant, Vacant
  • Surgical RN: Michelle Woolf RN (BDA)-√, Felicia Price RN (Iowa)– √, Carlena Williams RN-√, Vacant
  • Surgical Scrub Technician x4: Todd Lehmenkuler -√, Lydia Parsons– √, Gina Thicklin-Brown– √, Deb Escalera-√
  • Blood/Cell Saver Technician x1: Charles E. Superfon-√
  • Neuromonitoring: Ricardo Brown (JA)-√, Meredith “Jaye” Lohman-√, Vacant, Vacant,
  • Hardware and Biologics Vendor: Dan Kamm (Medtronic)-√, Ryan Kaiser (Medtronic)-√, Cody Lossing-√, Vacant
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist: Ron Goldstein-√, Vacant
  • Medical Admin: Amy Poindexter-, Sara Lossing-√, Osviany Garcia-√
  • Photographer: Misti Layne -√
  • Medical Logistics Support: Jose Ramon Agramonte -√
  • IT: Gavin McKinzie (BDA)-√
  • Translators- Nichole Pena (DR)-√

Pending Sponsorship- *     Confirmed -√       Unconfirmed ?  

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

Our goal for the 2017 surgical mission is to fill all of the vacancies above and to run 3-4 surgical teams in shifts in 2 operative theaters for 72 hours.  This will allow time for the patients to recover from surgery while we are still in country to manage any postoperative complications.  If you have any questions, please speak with Dr. Pitt.

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 committment and may God bless you.  Please email your request to Amy Poindexter at


Large Equipment and Supplies Wish List.

  • Full CSPD department with autoclaves and reverse osmosis system for facility. -Delivered and Installed.
  • Bone Graft Re-supply – Scheduled for delivery


Travel Information:

Updated  13 July 2016

Dominican Republic, Santiago


Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo -Hodelpa 

Hodelpa  Caribe Colonial, Santo Domingo



Dr. Dario Contreras Hospital (Public Hospital)
Calle Club Rotario
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-596-3686
Calle Pepillo Salcedo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-565-9989


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 visitor visa 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. The Zika Virus has been reported in the Dominican Republic.

A good resource for travel medicine and immunization in Arizona is your primary care physician or Linda Alvarez-Thull MD. Her office number is 480-661-8348, and let her know I referred you. I personally have never used any prophylactic immunizations and I continue to use DEET contained mosquito repellents. 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 closest 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 is excellent and Dominicans are known throughout Latin America as having the best food.  The cultural history is wonderful.