On a mission to ease suffering
Michael Patrick/Business Journal Dr. Clint Doiron checks the blood pressure of a woman under the watchful eye of her son during a 2005 medical mission in Jimani, a small town in the Dominican Republic just across the border from Haiti.
Dr. Clint Doiron envisions a day when no child will lie dying blue and breathless.
“Medicine is about healing and the development of brotherhood and reaching out to those suffering,” he says.
The partner with East Tennessee Heart Consultants has spent the past several years coordinating heart surgeries and other medical care for children – and adults – in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through a foundation he established with the support of Appalachian business people and missionaries.
“You get a cure when you get these children operated on,” Doiron says. “You no longer see them suffering and so short of breath. … My role is connecting people and being an encourager and saying, ‘This can be done.’ Why not start in East Tennessee? Why not right here?”
The physician, who earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed a cardiology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas before moving to Knoxville in 1982, is no stranger to medical mission work.
He did interventional cardiology in China, Egypt, Cuba and South America before making his first mission trip to Haiti more than a decade ago after a patient with ties to East Tennessee and Haiti encouraged him to go.
“My heart was broken, no question about it,” he says. “I began to have a dream about what we could do to impact the lives of the Haitians.”
The dream led Doiron to buy a goat field in Jimani, a small town in the Dominican Republic just across the border from Haiti, and the Jimani Project was born.
“You go and see what the needs are and then you just talk about it, if you’re a guy like me,” Doiron says.
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