Jefferson Hand Surgeon Recognized for Commitment to Global Health
Randall Culp, MD, hand surgeon with The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center at Jefferson (formerly The Philadelphia Hand Center) has been awarded the 2013 Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an organization committed to improving global health through education. Dr. Culp has volunteered for many years with the Honduras Hand Surgery program, performing surgeries and sharing his expertise in upper extremity surgery techniques.
The Golden Apple Award is given annually to those that personify and have contributed extraordinarily to the agency’s commitment to curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training, or the enhancement of educational resources.
Said Nancy Kelly, HVO’s Executive Director, "By highlighting the accomplishments of volunteers like Dr. Culp, we hope to raise awareness of global health issues and encourage others to work towards better health care around the world."
The learning and collaboration Dr. Culp has fostered among students and professionals across cultures have earned him an honorary professorship at the Hospital Escuela, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has also 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.
Dr. Culp’s missions include a team of medical students from Jefferson Medical College, fellows, assistants and hand therapists, allowing him to see as many patients as possible and allowing the Honduran medical personnel to learn from those with different backgrounds, expertise and talents.
“This is an incredible honor and strengthens my commitment to educating the people of Honduras and those around the world to make optimal health care available to all patients,” says Dr. Culp.
Dr. Culp earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his general surgery training and residency in orthopaedic surgery, performed orthopaedic research, and his hand surgery fellowship all with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently with The Philadelphia Hand Center (www.HandCenters.com) and is on the medical staff of hospitals in the Jefferson Health System as well as the Crozer Keystone Health System.
Dr. Culp will be presented with his Golden Apple Award at a ceremony later this year in Washington, DC.
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