Dr. Blitzer appointed to orthopedic overseas board of directors
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) has announced the appointment of Charles Blitzer, MD of Seacoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to the Orthopaedics Overseas (OO) Board of Directors. A member of HVO since 1999, Dr. Blitzer has traveled to Bhutan, Malawi, Mongolia and Costa Rica to work with HVO’s orthopedics programs.
In his capacity as a member of the Orthopaedics Overseas Board of Directors, Dr. Blitzer will contribute to efforts to improve global orthopedic care through the teaching and training of local healthcare providers in developing countries. The Board is responsible for the review of current programs, which include orthopedic teaching and training in Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
“Caring for the underserved overseas has long been a passion of mine and I have enjoyed my work with Orthopaedics Overseas immensely,” says Dr. Blitzer. “My experience teaching fellow physicians and treating patients abroad will be helpful when working with the OO Board. I am honored to have been chosen for this challenging but extremely rewarding role.”
Orthopaedics Overseas, an idea that grew into an organization, originated with the Orthopaedics Letters Club, which at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in January 1959, appointed a committee to look into ways “to donate medical practice, experience, and teaching” to needy countries. Orthopaedics Overseas was originally affiliated with MEDICO, which became part of CARE in the early 1960s. It became an independent organization in the early 1980s, and in 1986, Orthopaedics Overseas became the founding division of HVO.