Russell P. Seneca, M.D., saw crumbled highways, flattened buildings and countless injured people during his recent medical relief trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Seneca is associate dean of medical education for the VCU School of Medicine’s first regional medical campus at Inova Fairfax Hospital. As such he oversees the education of the 48 VCU third- and fourth-year medical students who are training on the Inova Campus.
He’s also chief of surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital. It was those skills he put to use, spending a week in Haiti as part of a 12-person medical team to offer emergency triage care to the injured.
“Trying to function there, whether as a physician, or a caregiver or even passing out food and water, is difficult,” Seneca said. “Hospitals and roads are damaged, supplies are limited and the system is overloaded. But we accomplished much there.”