Spinal and Cardiac Disease Management in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
City/Town: Addis Ababa
Type of Site: Clinical
Organization/Institution: Dr. Rick Hodes
Year of Study: MSIII/MSIV
Dates: Open
Website: http://rickhodes.org/

Application Procedures

Meet with the CMHE Assistant Director for Global Health

Program Description

Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for over 20 years. He is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 95-year old NGO. Over the years, he has been in charge of the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission helping sick destitutes with heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis), and cancer. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.

Hodes is a graduate of Middlebury College and University of Rochester Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins. Hodes first went to Ethiopia as a relief worker during the 1984 famine. He returned there on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach internal medicine, and in 1990 was hired by the JDC as the medical adviser for the country. His original position was to care for 25,000 potential immigrants to Israel. In 1991, he was an active contributor during “Operation Solomon,” helping the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel. In 2007, Dr. Hodes was selected as a finalist for “CNN Heroes,” a program that highlights ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements. The American College of Physicians has awarded him “Mastership” and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine. He was honored as ABC’s Person of the Week in 2010.

Students will assist Dr. Hodes during clinical hours at the various clinics he operates in Addis Ababa, primarily focused on spinal and heart diseases. Responsibilities might include taking histories and physicals and patient observations. Students will develop specific responsibilities and tasks in collaboration with Dr. Hodes.

Additional Information

See Dr. Hodes’ website (above) for more information about his life and work.

Estimated Budget (per/person)


Cost (USD)

Airfare 1,500
Accommodation 600
Food 1,350
Miscellaneous 500
Total $3,950