TRAVELING DOC: Metro Surgeon Philippines Bound

An Iowa doctor is taking his skills across the world to help those in need.

Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 3,500 people and 1,000 are still unaccounted for. One Des Moines surgeon is packing up his bags and heading to help with the thousands of people still injured.

Dr. Alan Koslow is a Vascular Surgeon in Des Moines, but has taken his skills all over the world.

“I was in Haiti and I was there while they were still pulling victims out from the rubble so we were doing emergency amputations, emergency medical care and emergency surgery,” says Dr. Alan Koslow.

Dr. Koslow has also been El Salvador when the earthquake hit in 2012 and South Sudan to work in the refugee camps.

Now he’s heading to the Philippines.

“The first images were absolutely devastating, there are no medical facilities left functioning and standing in this whole island,” says Dr. Koslow.

Dr. Koslow is going with the organization Team Rubicon which brings people with different skills together to help when a disaster strikes.

“Team Rubicon is geared towards being quick and having the expertise to get in there and deliver aid early before the big guys can come in and do something,” says Dr. Koslow.

Dr. Koslow is going as a surgeon but says he could be doing anything from routine medical care to helping clear debris.

“You have several hundred thousand people just in the community without a disaster and there is going to be people who need emergency operations for appendicitis, for deliveries and c-sections,” says Dr. Koslow.

He says just like his previous trips overseas, he’s happy to be able to give his time and skills to those who need it most.

“I just feel I’m fortunate that the thing I enjoy doing helps other people,” says Dr. Koslow.

Dr. Koslow and the team of 75 leave Saturday for the Philippines. They will be there for about three weeks.

For more information on Team Rubicon or to donate visit, teamrubiconusa.org.

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