Soon, he was returning to the neighborhood on a regular basis, a one-man roving medical clinic operating out of the back of his car. What began simply as an effort to decrease suffering from head and neck cancer has since grown into the HEALing Community Center, a network of federally qualified health centers that provide primary and specialty healthcare to people in some of Atlanta’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Across the country, physicians with busy clinical practices and demanding academic careers are
discovering the many benefits of community service. They’re using their medical skills, knowledge, and connections to improve public health and empower patients. They’re forging community connections, inspiring the next generation and finding a deep sense of personal satisfaction.
Here is how three otolaryngologists serve and strengthen their communities, and how you can make a difference in yours.