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2013 GOLDEN APPLE Honorees

William Creasman, MD

Since 2010, Dr. Creasman has dedicated his efforts to developing the gynecologic oncology program at Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He initiated and continues to lead the formal gynecologic oncology residency training program. Under his guidance, the residents are mentored on the fundamentals of gynecologic malignancies and develop skills in solving complex gynecologic problems. He has conducted monthly telemedicine tumor board meetings between the surgical oncology residents in Honduras and the gynecologic, radiation, and medical oncologists in the US. The impact of his teaching and the tumor board meetings is enhancing the knowledge and improving the surgical skills of the surgical oncology trainees, attending physicians, pathologists, and radiation oncologists. Not only are the residents learning how to be a good physician, but they are learning how to be a good teacher, leader, and team player.

An HVO member since 2010, Dr. Creasman has volunteered with HVO's oncology program in Honduras on three occasions and has completed a site assessment in Costa Rica. He has served on HVO's Oncology Steering Committee since June 2012, emphasizing the need for working with residency training programs to host multidisciplinary oncology training. Dr. Creasman has previously served on medical missions in the mountains of Honduras and he also had prior experience teaching gynecologic oncology fellows in Asia.

Dr. Creasman is Distinguished University Professor at Medical University of South Carolina, where he was Sims-Hester Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and he is a Fellow ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in London. He has served as President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and is co-author of the widely read Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, which is currently in its 8th edition and has been translated into several languages, including Chinese and Russian. He also serves as Chair of the gynecologic cancer committee of FIGO (International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology), which is responsible for the FIGO staging system and the Annual Report, the world's largest database with global therapy results. Dr. Creasman lectures extensively in the US and around the world. He is a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine.

Randall Culp, MD

Dr. Culp is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the upper extremities. A member of HVO since 2008, he has volunteered on assignments in Peru and Honduras. For the last few years, he has focused his efforts on the hand surgery program at Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has regularly traveled there with a team of fellows, assistants, medical students, and hand therapists. This allows him and the team to see as many patients as possible and it allows the Honduran medical personnel to learn from a variety of people. Dr. Culp takes HVO's mission of education and training seriously and he has encouraged students, residents, and fellows in the US to participate on these trips to expand their own education and to spend time in underserved areas. The learning and collaboration he has fostered among students and professionals across cultures earned him an honorary professorship at the Hospital Escuela, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Emphasizing the importance in life of "giving back", Dr. Culp has secured donations of needed medical supplies and operative equipment for the program in Honduras, and has helped raise funds so that his team members are able to participate at little personal cost. His commitment and dedication are such that, as soon as he arrives home, he is already making plans for his next trip to Honduras.

Dr. Culp earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. He then pursued his medical studies and earned a medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his General Surgery training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he continued in Orthopaedic Surgery Research prior to completing a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Culp then completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Culp currently is in private practice at The Philadelphia Hand Center (www.HandCenters.com) and is on the medical staff of hospitals in the Jefferson Health System, the Crozer Keystone Health System, and Main Line Health. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American College of Surgeons – Keystone Chapter, the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society.

Diana Davidson, CRNA

Ms. Davidson has been the driving force behind the Master's of Nurse Anesthesia program in Addis Ababa since its inception. As Program Director for HVO's combined anesthesia/nurse anesthesia program site in Ethiopia, she has done a tremendous job of recruiting and screening volunteers. She has an enthusiasm and commitment to the program which is quite contagious and has allowed her to recruit outstanding volunteers, which has aided in developing such a quality program. The strength of the program has drawn students from Rwanda and has also resulted in the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists being admitted to the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.

In addition to being a strong advocate for the nurse anesthesia program, Ms. Davidson has advocated for better health care in Ethiopia. She meets regularly with the dean of the Addis Ababa University Medical School and has met with the Ministry of Health to advocate for better nursing school standards and safer post-anesthesia care standards.

An HVO member since 2009, Ms. Davidson, in addition to being Program Director, has also served on HVO's Nurse Anesthesia Steering Committee since 2011. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She also serves on the board of Downtown Daily Bread, a homeless shelter in Harrisburg, and has volunteered on more than ten surgical missions with World Surgical Foundation.

A graduate of Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses in Pittsburgh, Ms. Davidson currently works at Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and at Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg.

Norman James, MD

Dr. James, a psychiatrist, is deeply committed to supporting the development of mental health services in developing countries. Through his volunteer service with HVO, he was instrumental in initiating the first electro-convulsive therapy services in Bhutan. He brought the first ECT machine, which had been donated by North-Western Mental Health (Melbourne), to the JDW National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. This service is committed to donating a second machine. He trained the local psychiatrists and mental health nurses in the proper use of the equipment, which means patients no longer have to travel to India to receive such treatment, saving them time and money. He has also worked with the local providers to improve their teaching methods and facilitated networking and communication with psychiatrists in Australia. The exchange of knowledge and information is strengthening the capacity of the health care providers and contributing to improved quality and repertoire of available services in Bhutan.

A member of HVO since 2012, Dr. James is a medical school graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He recently retired from North-Western Mental Health in Melbourne and Eastern Mental Health Services in Adelaide.

Robert Kalb, MD

A member of HVO since 2006, Dr. Kalb has made a commitment to the dermatology site in Cambodia, traveling there on a regular basis. During his visits, he has participated in the daily outpatient department, providing on-site instruction and advice to upgrade his colleagues' skills and knowledge. He has given dermatology lectures to under- and postgraduate students. He has also served as the site's Program Director since 2008, screening and advising prospective volunteers and assuring that the program goals are met. Dr. Kalb is a recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology's Making a Difference Award, for which he was honored at the recent national conference.

A cum laude medical school graduate of the Downstate Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, he completed his dermatology training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Kalb is currently a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is in private practice with the Buffalo Medical Group and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.