2019 Cambodia Medical Mission through Medical Volunteers International (MVI)
In early 2019, Dr. Steven Shu led a group of Chinese-American doctors from North America to Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia to provide free medical care for local residents. This medical mission team consisted of ten volunteers. Eight of the members were doctors specializing in a range of fields, including internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, surgery, and anesthesiology, as well as two non-medical volunteers. The majority of the team were from the United States, with one pediatrician from Canada. Dr. Li Tang was the Cambodian domestic team coordinator, who provided a team consisting of 5-6 individuals to assist in translation, as well as providing professional and daily necessities. During this service trip, the volunteers had to overcome many unexpected difficulties, including family emergencies, visa and passport issues, as well as many other obstacles.
Kampong Chhnang hospital is located 50 km north of Phnom Penh, where MVI team members have treated about 780 patients, including some surgical patients. The mission members also learned a great deal about Cambodia’s culture and its health care system.
Minnesota surgeon Dr. Steven Shu, medical director of One Stop Medical Center, lead a group of Chinese American doctors from the United States going to the Haiti in the mid of January, 2018 to provide free medical care for local residents. This is the sixth time that he has been active in international medical mission since 2015, and it is the fourth time that he goes to the Haiti.
Dr. Shu and another surgeon Dr. Dean Currie performed about 40 office procedures. Three other team physicians (Keyi Yang, a neurologist from Seattle, Ming He from New Jersey, a neuro-ophthalmologist and Jerri Mao, an internist from San Jose) went to the mobile clinic with other medical mission group and provided general care to the hundreds people in the villages.
Over the past 14 years, Dr. Shu has been enjoying making his contributions to local communities. Since 2015, he has been focusing more on his international volunteer work in Haiti and Philippines. In 2017, he became a founding president of Medical Volunteers International (MVI), a new non-profit organization for the Chinese American physicians dedicating the medical missions in the poorest countries around world. The MVI collaborated with the faith-based non-profit organization Mission of Hope Haiti and carried out the first Haitian International Medical Program.
Dr. Shu’s medical mission dream is to establish the surgical centers in Haiti.