Trinity School of Medicine students and faculty were thrilled to welcome guest lecturer, Dr. David Lanning, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Dr. Lanning, a renowned Pediatric Surgeon, described in detail the marathon 20-hour procedure taken on by he and his team of 50 as they endeavored to separate 18 month old conjoined twins just over a year ago. The twins, Maria and Teresa from the Dominican Republic, had been born sharing a digestive system and liver. The girls were able to undergo the life changing surgery through the philanthropy of Richmond-based World Pediatric Project.
Pictured: Dr. David Lanning, Drew Clare, Susan Rickman
The World Pediatric Project sends teams of pediatric specialists to the Caribbean and brings especially challenging cases back to the U.S. Dr. Lanning currently practices General and Thoracic Pediatric Surgery as an associate professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Department of Surgery at VCU and is also a volunteer with the World Pediatric Project (WPP). It is through the WPP's quarterly visits to St. Vincent and the Grenadines that the school has become involved with the medical mission teams which afforded the opportunity to hear Dr. Lanning speak about the surgical transformation.
Following the lecture, a check for $1,000 was presented to Ms. Susan Rickman, President and CEO of WPP by Trinity student and head of the American Medical Student Asso. (AMSA), Drew Clare.
Clare commented on the gracious donation by saying, "The Trinity students want to give back to St. Vincent, which has so graciously hosted us, and really is a second home to many of us. It also allows us to expand upon our relationship with the World Pediatric Project, allowing students to shadow distinguished physicians in both their clinics and operating rooms. The first two years of medical school are mostly classroom learning, so amazing opportunities like this are very important to remind us all of why we're here. The volunteers of the World Pediatric Project are truly an inspiration to all of us, and we look forward to expanding this relationship further."
The school regularly donates to the many efforts of the WPP which sends four teams annually to perform pediatric surgery at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, Trinity's affiliated hospital in St. Vincent. This is the first of a series of lectures performed this year by visiting specialists from WPP.