I received the following from Anil on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 20:58 ET. I've also made minor spelling and grammar corrections and have tried my best to fill in missing words. I've added hyperlinks where I thought they might help.

From: Anil S. Menon
Sent at 20:48 ET/Haiti Time

U.S. Armed Services in Haiti

US Armed Forces in Haiti

As a member of the Armed Service, I am very proud of our humanitarian effort. Not only did I arrive in Haiti with the permission of my commanders at the 173rd Fighter Wing, but I have also worked with the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Navy to move 50 patients today to receive definitive treatment. These complicated surgeries could be performed only on the USNS Comfort, and we expect another 50 tomorrow. I got into this business to help people, and thanks to this support we have the capacity to help to the fullest.


Anil Menon, MD is a clinical instructor at Stanford School of Medicine focused on surgery and emergency medicine. His research interests are Aerospace Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Wilderness Medicine. He graduated from Stanford Med in 2006, received a degree in mechanical engineering in 2003 and became a full ER doctor in 2009. He has practiced medicin in combat in Afghanistan and will be practicing aerospace medicine next year at NASA. Menon is a flight surgeon assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing (F-15s) of the Oregon Air National Guard, and he's part of a team sent to Haiti by Stanford.

This entire series is chronicled under the HaitiDrDispatch tag