Dr. Anthony Dardano
Anthony Dardano, Jr., DO receives Heroes in Medicine Award.
On May 6, 2010 Dr. Tony Dardano a plastic surgeon from Boca Raton, Florida received the Heroes in Medicine Award from the Palm Beach County Medical Society for his efforts to aid those who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti in January of 2010. Dr. Dardano was recognized in the International Humanitarian category during the 7th annual luncheon recognizing individuals and organizations that utilize their skills in the field of healthcare to provide outstanding services which meet the needs of people in local, national and/or global communities.
Dr. Dardano traveled to Haiti and Jimani in the Dominican Republic with another plastic surgeon and a neurosurgeon and spent 4 days operating in an orphanage in Haiti, and in Good Samaritan Hospital in Jimani. Tony noted that there were many physicians and surgeons as well as medical supplies, but there was a lack of nurses and supportive personnel. His team transported their own patients, washed the floors, prepped patients, and took care of them post-operatively. He said, “The best way to describe it was organized chaos.” They did 60 operations in 3 1/2 days, mostly amputations, debridements, skin grafts and flaps. The need was for orthopedics and plastics as most wounds involved devitalized tissue, infections or exposed bone. General surgeons were needed for the many amputations that were required. Dr. Dardano also indicated that, “despite the extreme living conditions, it was a great experience.”
Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Dardano Jr., ICSUS Regent from Florida and a newly elected Vice President (term begins January 1st) on the US Section Executive Council for receiving this well deserved honor.