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A Special Ops Approach to Medical Relief: Dr. Andrew Furey & Dr. Natalie Bridger at TEDxStJohns

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Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor of surgery, is co-founder and president of Team Broken Earth. He was named Memorial's Alumnus of the Year for 2012 and the team has been widely recognized for its relief effort in Haiti.

Under Dr. Furey's leadership, Team Broken Earth has completed nine successful missions to Haiti, providing care for more than 500 patients per week. This work began following a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 that leveled the capital city of Port au Prince, killing 200,000 people and leaving more than a million people homeless.

Natalie was born and raised in St. John's, NL. She attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where she received a Bachelor of Science degree followed by an MD. After completing her residency in pediatrics at Memorial, she moved to Winnipeg to complete her fellowship in infectious diseases. During fellowship training she had the opportunity to obtain a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene through the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru. She returned to "the Rock" in 2011 where she continues to works as an infectious diseases specialist and clinical chief of infection prevention and control for Eastern Health. She is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Natalie joined Team Broken Earth in 2012 and has completed four missions in Haiti since that time.

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