See Dr. Hodes in Seattle April 2, 2012

Don’t miss Dr. Hodes when he comes to visit the Seattle University on April 2nd. He will be speaking at the Pigott Building Auditorium from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Katie Bowler at or (206) 296-6100.

See RSVP details below.


Dr. Rick Hodes: One Physician’s Journey in Ethiopia

Description: When Dr. Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia in 1985 to assist with famine relief efforts he never expected to stay. Join Hodes to hear about his life’s work with the people of Ethiopia.”Dr. Rick Hodes’ life story is a reminder that giving is a privilege in which we may take pleasure, not some saintly endeavor. His approach toward medicine should be a model for our current Western system in showing that tending to the soul is at the center of healing.” (Natalie Portman, Oscar winning actress)Hodes is the medical director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 95-year old NGO. Over the years, his work has focused on the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior medical consultant at a Catholic mission in Ethiopia. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia and Albania.
Sponsor: Seattle University and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
When: Monday, April 02, 2012  (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
Where: Pigott Building
(Pigott Auditorium)
Web site:
Contact: Katie Bowler,,  (206) 296-6100
RSVP: Not required (RSVP by Email)
Access: The public is welcome to attend this event.
The press is welcome to attend this event.

Seattle Couple Visits Tsion, The Child They Sponsored for Surgery

Tsion is a 10 year old girl from Jimma, the only child of a woman who was working as a day laborer carrying stone when she came to us in July, 2011. They had nowhere to sleep in the summer rains, so they spent the night sleeping in a chair on the veranda of the university hospital so they could see me the following day.

She had a significant congenital kyphosis. The MRI shows this, with the marked curvature. We got her a passport and sent her to the FOCOS team in Ghana, where she underwent posterior spinal fusion and vertebral column resection.

She returned to Addis Ababa and is sleeping on my living room couch while she heals, and will return to her mom in a few weeks.

Yesterday, Michele and Stan Rosen of Seattle, who sponsored her surgery, met Tsion, who gratefully thanked them for her life-saving surgery. Tsion is in the top 10% of her class, and her goal now is to become a doctor.

Photo and story used with permission

Habtamu: A Fixed Heart and Big Dreams

Habtamu, now 19, stopped into clinic last week to say hi.

The son of municipal fireman, he was in severe congestive heart failure when he first came to us. About 3 years ago, we sent him to India to have mitral valve replacement. He would have died by now.

Sitting in the waiting room, he was studying human anatomy. Habtamu is now a student at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, aspiring to be a health officer (sort of like a PA).

Photo and story reported with permission

Amognesh Comes to Visit: A Girl Who Can Breath Again

In 2007, Amognesh, a 16 year old girl from rural Gojjam province, came to us with a terrible spine which had been destroyed by tuberculosis.

After testing, we sent her to Ghana for surgery by the FOCOS team. She did great and returned home to her village.

Last week, she came to us for a checkup.

In evaluating her breathing, we measure that she can now breath in over 3 liters of air – her lung capacity has improved 38% since before surgery!

Story and photos used with permission

Rick Hodes Meets Canadian Hero Rick Hansen

On a recent trip to Vancouver to work on A NIGHT TO BRING BACK HOPE, Rick and Rick arranged to meet in the Vancouver Airport as Rick Hansen returned home. Rick Hansen, paralyzed and in a wheelchair since age 15,  has raised over 200 million dollars for spinal cord injury research, and did his “Man-in-Motion Tour” to 34 countries on 4 continents to raise money and awareness of spinal cord problems. Rick Hansen wished Rick Hodes great success, and strongly endorsed Rick’s work.