Stuart R. Rose, MD, the author of The International Travel Health Guide, founded Travel Medicine, Inc. in 1989. Dr. Rose was educated at Amherst College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

Dr. Rose is the Director of the Travel Medicine Center of Western Massachusetts in Northampton and attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Noble Baystate Hospital in Westfield, Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the International Society of Travel Medicine. TheInternational Travel Health Guide is available online at www.travmed.com.

Helping Out in Haiti

I spent a very intense week at the Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port au Prince, Haiti. "Resource poor" barely describes how desperate the situation is at this hospital which is Haiti's main critical care/trauma facility.

I'm glad I was able to help as best I could. In addition to doing travel medicine, I'm an actively-practicing ER doc, but found myself working on the wards, managing ventilators, etc. Other volunteers with me included a group of emergency medicine residents and ER nurses from the University of South Carolina. A terrific bunch and we gave each other moral and logistical support.

I see many people in my travel clinic going to Haiti for humanitarian purposes. I give them shots for hepatitis A and typhoid, plus pills to prevent malaria. I really stress, though, the importance of preventing mosquito bites since dengue fever (a severe viral disease for which there is no vaccine) is a greater risk than malaria.