Davis International Awards announced

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 14, 2004

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Shankar Man Rai, MD, and Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia are the 2004 recipients of the AMA Foundation's Dr. Nathan Davis International Awards in Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Rai, a plastic surgeon in Kathmandu, Nepal, was named Outstanding International Physician. He has dedicated his career to charitable service, performing free surgeries for impoverished children with birth injuries and congenital anomalies. Since 1992, the U.S.-trained Dr. Rai has been working with Interplast, a charitable group that dispatches surgical teams to perform operations and train local physicians.

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital was named the Outstanding Global Health Initiative. The hospital treats women with obstetric fistula, still common in the developing world. More than 25,000 surgeries have been performed free since its beginning in 1974.

The Nathan Davis awards were to be presented June 12 at the opening of the AMA Annual Meeting.

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