Dr Michael Salem, MD

Dr Karen McGinnis, MD

Dr William Brown, MD

Dr Jerome Siegel, MD

Dr Franklin Kasmin, MD

Dr Seth Cohen, MD

  • Founder of Global Medical Volunteers, formerly known as, MILPHAP-19.
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Former Clinical Professor of Urology at New York University Medical Center.
  • Former Chief of Urology at the North Division of Beth Israel Medical Center.

MILPHAP-19 is the name of the unit I served with in Vietnam and stands for "Military Provincial Hospital Advisory Program-Team 19."  The mission of this foundation is to improve the delivery of medical care to Southeast Asia and also to improve the education of the local medical establishment.  We furnish medical equipment, computers to seek medical information on the Internet and trained American medical specialists to instruct physicians in their local hospitals.  I plan on expanding aid to the impoverished communities to include small district dispensaries, orphanages and schools in remote areas.

Dr Elizabeth Kavalar, MD

Dr Ronald Chamberlin, MD

Dr Irwin Leventhal, MD

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Dr. Gerald Zelikovsky, M.D.

When I returned to the United States, I became a Urologist and I returned to two of the provinces where I had worked during the year to instruct the local surgeons on basic techniques of Urological Surgery. The doctors at these locations did not have any equipment to perform the surgeries and did not have any knowledge on how to use the equipment. I furnished the necessary equipment and gave them instruction on how to perform prostatic surgeries in these local province hospitals.

Since that time, I return to Vietnam once or twice a year to monitor the progress of the physicians I trained. I also go to neighboring provinces where there have been medical and surgical needs. Over the course of the last ten years, I have had many physicians and friends of mine accompany me to Vietnam. These are physicians who have different medical specialties such as; chest surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology and hepatobiliary surgery.

Each physician who has accompanied me, has returned multiple times and have become enthusiastic on helping to improve the medical services and the surgical technique in the provinces that we visit.

During the Vietnam War, I was a general surgeon assigned to the central highlands of Vietnam.

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