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In the News: Dr. Steven Kahan in Vietnam

IVUmed board member and long-time volunteer, Steve Kahan, MD, was recently featured by the online media outlet, Seacoastonline.com. Their article covers Dr. Kahan’s work on our recent general urology workshop in Hue, Vietnam, the progress IVUmed has made in providing quality surgical training to our Vietnamese partners, as well as Dr. Kahan’s his service history with IVUmed. We thank Dr. Kahan for his generous service to IVUmed and Seacoastonline.com for covering this story!

 

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Doctor returns from mission trip to Vietnam

EXETER — Seacoast resident Steven Kahan, MD, recently returned from a surgical mission trip to Vietnam organized through International Volunteers in Urology.

Dr. Kahan, who practices at the Portsmouth location of Core Physicians’ Atlantic Urology Associates, was part of a group that volunteered during a two-week mission to Hue Central Hospital in Hue, Vietnam. During the trip, he educated other doctors, consulted on patient cases and conducted surgical procedures.

Kahan is a board member of IVU Med, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based organization that works to make quality urological care available to people in developing countries. Its services have been requested in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. Kahan has traveled on six mission trips with the group to locations in both Vietnam and India.

“When you go and take part in something like this, it’s the purest form of medicine,” Kahan said. “This is the reason I went to medical school. This was about working one on one with students, caring directly for patients and teaching other doctors new techniques so that they can in turn treat patients on their own when we leave.”

The hospital in Hue where Kahan spent his time has 2,030 beds and serves as the main referral hospital in the central region. Kahan assisted with an average of six to 10 general adult urology patient cases per day. The Hue Central Hospital is also the key practical hospital for the Hue Medical College and University, the primary medical school in the region. During his trip, Kahan gave a handful of lectures on general urology and medicine to medical students from the university.

“Those of us on the trip were ambassadors for American medicine and the United States,” Kahan said.

There are only 1.2 doctors per 1,000 people in Vietnam, according to IVU Med. When the organization first began its volunteer missions to Vietnam in 1994, fewer than 100 pediatric urology patients were treated annually. Today, thanks to ongoing training from volunteers with IVU Med, Vietnamese partner surgeons now run their own training programs and treat more than 1,000 patients each year.

Kahan said he is considering a future mission trip to a hospital in Laos. However, he is also eager to return to Hue, where he has formed relationships with the Vietnamese doctors, some of whom have even consulted with him on cases after his return to the United States.

Core Physicians’ Atlantic Urology Associates has locations in Exeter and Portsmouth, offering patients state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the male and female urinary tract. The practice treats patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, hematuria, kidney cancer, incontinence, voiding dysfunction, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer and kidney stones.

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Vietnam: An Enduring Partnership

 

A team, including IVUmed board member, Steven E. Kahan, MD, JD., is wrapping up our latest workshop today – a general urology workshop at Hue Central Hospital, in Hue, Vietnam. IVUmed has a long, successful history of partnership in Vietnam.  Our volunteers began working with Vietnamese pediatric surgeons in 1994, predating our official incorporation in 1995.

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Vietnam has a population of approximately 95.5 million people, but have access to only  1.224 doctors per 1000 people. In 1994, fewer than 100 pediatric urology patients were treated annually there.  After many years of successful training, our partner surgeons now run their own training programs independently and treat over 1000 patients annually.

 

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IVUmed specialty workshops in Vietnam have included general urology, pediatric urology, and endourology. Dr. Kahan shared this photo taken at the classroom lecture portion of the workshop at Hue Central Hospital:

 

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Jonathon Wu, MD
Stanford University
Hue, Vietnam – February 17 – March 4, 2012
Mentor: Dr. Walter Beh, MD
Sponsored by: The Western Section of the AUA

Through the generous sponsorship provided by the Western Section of the AUA, Dr. Jonathon Wu traveled to Hue, Vietnam with mentor Dr. Walter Beh. Dr. Wu and his mentor collaborated with Dr. Hung and his colleagues of the urology department, focusing on 19 patients with difficult cases. Dr. Wu was able to perform his first open pyelolithotomy under the supervision of a Vietnamese colleague, Dr. Tuan.
Reporting on his experience, Dr. Wu stated:

“In our two weeks of working mainly with Dr. Hung, I was very impressed by his surgical technique. Open surgery involved tediously dissecting out important structures and controlling all bleeding quickly with cautery or ligatures. He moved very quickly in the OR but was very purposeful with his movements. No suture was wasted as instrument tying was performed whenever possible. Bigger cases would often involve 2 attending surgeons intertwined in a well-rehearsed ballet.“What was even more impressive was the efficiency and resourcefulness of the hospital.
We mostly worked with Dr. Hung who has been on the urology staff for 6 years. He is quite motivated and very enthusiastic.
“This disparity was made much more obvious to us when we observed a kidney transplant on our last day.… During the course of our 2 weeks, we were able to see the kinds of needs our Vietnamese colleagues had.”
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Resident Scholar Reflections

Julie Riley, MD

University of Missouri
Hue, Vietnam – February 17 – March 4, 2012
Mentor: Dr. Walter Beh, MD
Sponsored by: South Central Section of the AUA

Through the generous sponsorship provided by the South Central Section of the AUA, Dr. Julie Riley traveled to Hue, Vietnam with mentor Dr. Walter Beh. Dr. Riley and her mentor collaborated with Vietnamese colleagues

Reporting on her experience, Dr. Riley stated:
in the urology department. During her time in Hue, Dr. Riley was able to experience the differences in international healthcare.
“I did enjoy that we were able to give daily presentations. The conversations following these topics were very interesting to further understand the culture as well as understand some of the limitations on the Vietnamese surgeons. In addition most of the Vietnamese doctors wanted improved English particularly medical English and this provided a forum for them to practice.

I feel that the experience was very positive and I look forward to continuing international urology through active patient care as well as education and support to local urologists. I am very grateful to both the South Central Section and International Volunteers in Urology for
allowing me to participate in such a remarkable program. In addition, I am very glad that I was able to experience the culture and the medicine of Vietnam and to provide the local urologists with equipment and all knowledge that I could.”
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