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Two W&L Alumni Physicians Respond to Haiti Crisis

Two members of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1997, Dr. Anthony “Mazz” Mazzarelli and Dr. Sacha Montas, were among the first responders to earthquake victims in Haiti last month. Anthony heads up the emergency medicine unit at Cooper University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Sacha is a fourth-year resident in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan.

Anthony organized and coordinated the 18-member team of physicians who went to the Haitian-Dominican Republic border, providing thousands of injured patients with emergency surgical and critical care. Sacha and the team’s work were featured in a PBS NewsHour feature that you can watch here. He also wrote about the experience on a blog at the University of Michigan.

Several stories about the mission also ran onKYW radio in Philadelphia where Mazz’s work was highlighted. Their efforts were also praised in an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

If you happen to be from the Philadelphia area, Anthony’s name may be familiar to you in a different context. Not only was he named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Next Generation of Great Doctors,” but he also happens to have a weekly radio talk show on Sunday’s from 10 p.m. to midnight on Philadelphia’s The Big Talker 1210.  You can catch the audio of his recent shows, which cover everything from the death of the Olympic luge racer to Evan Bayh’s decision not to run for reelection, on this page on PlayIt.com.

In one of the pieces about the trip to Haiti, Anthony said that he was “amazed by the strength and resiliency” of the Haitian people who expressed gratitude, even in the “face of painful procedures and stories of suffering and loss.”

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