Dr Preeti John went with a team from University of Maryland / 'Shock Trauma' to help in Haiti, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in Jan 2010 and measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. The relief efforts were under the direction of Dr.Thomas Scalea, chief surgeon, Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland.
They worked in 'St.Francois de Sales Hospital', Port-au-Prince, which was the primary teaching facility for the University of Notre Dame, one of only 2 medical schools that exist in Haiti. The hospital was essentially destroyed after the earthquake
'Catholic Relief Services' (an aid organization) helped organize accomodation, travel, food and security for the teams of volunteers from University of Maryland.
Preeti was part of a team that consisted of 3 Orthopedic surgeons, a trauma-and-general surgeon (Preeti), anesthesiologists and nurses.
They performed procedures in operating rooms with no air-conditioning, in temperatures as high as 38 - 40 deg C.
Dr Preeti John on her trip quotes "Seeing the determination of the Haitians is remarkable for me as well as participating in international relief efforts is rewarding as it gives you a new perspective on life."