fellow advances maternal health
Members of the MGH community gathered in the Haber Conference Room March
31 to hear Susan Tredwell, MD, a physician with the MGH Vincent Obstetrics
and Gynecology Service, share her experiences working to promote maternal
health issues in Indonesia as one of the 2006 Durant fellows. Her presentation
was entitled "Death in Childbirth: Indonesia's Struggle to Reduce
Tredwell (right) first became acquainted with the country and
its people while working aboard the USNS Mercy — a U.S.
Navy hospital ship — with other MGHers to bring medical aid in the
aftermath of the devastating tsunami that hit the region in December 2004.
With the support of the fellowship, she returned in the fall of 2005 and
has worked tirelessly to improve the health of Indonesian mothers and
"It has been an honor and an adventure to return to Indonesia to
continue working with the brave people of the Aceh province," says
Tredwell. "I am grateful to the fellowship and my colleagues in my
department at the MGH for allowing me the opportunity to participate."
The Thomas S. Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine was established in
2001 in honor of Durant, the late MGH associate medical director, who
spent much of his career traveling to some of the world's most devastated
regions — including Cambodia, Albania, Rwanda, Bosnia, Somalia,
Croatia and Afghanistan. The fellowship provides either six to nine months
or one year of sponsorship to MGH clinicians who wish to serve refugee
populations and victims of war or natural disasters with medical care