I’m Rick Hodes, Medical Director for JDC in Ethiopia.  I’ve been working in Africa for well-over two decades. Every week I see a wide variety of poor patients of all religions and ethnicities, though I aim to concentrate on heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB spondylitis and severe scoliosis), and cancer. Working out of a Catholic mission, I treat the hearts, then send them to India for surgery; I treat the spines, then send them to Ghana for surgery; and I do chemotherapy in Ethiopia.

I am constantly raising money so that I can treat more patients. I need your help! Visit the Rick’s Patients page to learn more about these special individuals.

We’d be happy to hear from you with ideas, and we encourage you to donate to the cause!

Many thanks!

Rick Hodes, MD
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes” Now Available!

Marilyn Berger’s new book “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes” is a touching account of the author’s experience with Dr. Rick Hodes in Ethiopia. The book eloquently paints the story of how Dr. Hodes ended up doing the work he does today, providing compelling historical context, while also sharing details of the author’s personal experiences in Ethiopia. She was so moved by one of the patients she encountered, a young boy named Danny, that she actually adopted him as a son and now live with him in America.

Don’t miss out on this incredible story — get your copy today!

Click here to visit Marylin Berger’s website.

Click here for a direct link to purchase “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”

Watch Marylin Berger discuss the book:

Watch Rick Hodes and Marylin Berger on ABC’s Good Morning America:

2 Responses

  1. Dr. Rick Hodes,

    After watching your work and the book by Merilyn Bergers ‘This is a soul’ on ABC I went to Barnes and Nobles to buy the book. Reading the made me cry and some times laugh about you exrerience, devotion and genersity. But one thing made feel differently, your wish If you win a mega lottery or Power ball… I want to promise that If I win either of it I want to make sure your wish will come true. Until then I want to donate to your work from my tiny income through EFF or write a check.
    Thank you very much and God Bless you.

    Konjit Berhanu

  2. Hello,
    Sorry for the extremely delayed response. Unfortunately, legitimate website comments often get lost in a sea of spam. In the future, please contact Dr. Hodes by email at ethiopianspines@gmail.com. Also, please “like” him on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Hodes/173188639358032 and follow him on Twitter @rickhodes for regular updates.

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