Who We Are

Who We Are

  WHO ARE WE?!?!?!? Americare Neurosurgery International Inc (AMCANI) is a 501.c.3 NGO founded by Monica Gerstner RN and Gary Heit Ph.d.M.D. after a 2001 trip to Cuzco, Peru. We were doing the standard medical aid model of coming into town and “helping” by cranking out cases. On the plane ride out Monica asked Gary, “what happens now that we are gone?” That questions was seminal to to the formation of the idea of sustainable medical development coupled with a big dose of environmental and social justice implementing via recycling used but functional medical equipment. The young lad was one of our first cases done under this model in Hue, Vietnam. The tumor would have been ultimately lethal unless removed, and to do so safely required a microscope (AMCANI donated) shown on right. Over the course of 6 missions since 2005 we have successfully helped Hue University build a modern neurosurgery department! We continue to support Hue in an expanded roll of general medical care, nursing, and rehabilitation. He did great and on last contact was disease free! If you like our work, please “like” us and send this page to your friends. You may also goto AMCANI.ORG and hit the DONATE button. We are in critical needs of funds for our new Myanmar Project where we will be collaborating with Relief International to improve health care at Sittwe General Hospital in Rahkine Provence, Northwest Myanmar. We need the monies to ship the contents of a donated 149 bed US... read more
Collaboration is Key

Collaboration is Key

  AMCANI started work with the department of Neurosurguery at the Hue, University Vietnam in 2005. Over the course of numerous missions the collaboration as significantly elevated care in the department there. A few photos showing Gary Heit Ph.D.M.D. (AMCANI cofounder and medical director) teaching new techniques using the donated Zeiss Microscope AMCANI sent along. He’s working with faculty member Van Tri Truong who we partnered with extensively untill he left for a seris of overseas fellowships in Europe and Canada. He is expected to return to Hue in 2015. In the photo is Dr. Heit Ph.D.M.D. Dr. Van, and on the right Professor Duc Tran Thai, then Dean of the School of Nursing and Department Chairman of Neurosurgery. We are now focusing on nursing education as well as rehabilitation.... read more
Teaching and Accomodations

Teaching and Accomodations

  Americare Neurosurgery International Marc Vanefsky MD on the 2012 mission teaching Ngyuen Minh Thanh in the use of the donated microscope upgrade, a Leica OM3. This is the first case done in the new OR complex at the University. The only issue overall was accommodating Dr. Vanefsky…. Rare to see someone 6’8″ in Vietnam, let alone in the... read more
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