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Death of son inspires surgeon to become ‘Physician Hero – International’

After experiencing the tragic loss of his son Chad in 2004, Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall IV, who practices cardiology at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and also the Jupiter Medical Center, chose to turn his grief into pure goodness and generosity within our own U.S. borders and beyond.

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In honor of his son, he established The Chadwick Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to provide healthcare management solutions for indigent populations utilizing a faith-based approach. This Foundation has enabled Dr. Crandall to dedicate his skills and passion as a physician and medical anthropologist to help those in need.

More specifically, he has been providing infectious disease support, both clinically and through educational efforts performed by him and in partnership with other missionary organizations, to reduce the death rates of pediatric populations in third world countries.

There are numerous examples of Dr. Crandall’s humanitarian efforts. Most recently, Dr. Crandall has been actively involved in rebuilding Haiti following the earthquake over a year ago.

Dr. Crandall pictured at a cholera camp in Haiti

His group was among the first to respond when it was nearly impossible to get into Haiti. He returns there periodically, including a mid-January 2011 visit to work in the cholera camps. He initially spent a week and a half in Port-au-Prince providing medical care in hospitals, clinics and orphanages. Now, in addition to treating adult and pediatric patients suffering from cholera, his efforts are also being focused on identifying sources of cholera, developing protocols, and training the local Haitians to help prevent and treat the potentially deadly disease.

Dr. Crandall’s international outreach partnerships extend to South America, East Africa and Europe. In Columbia, he established a medical clinic, La Clinica Chad, which provides healthcare and shelter for orphans. He is helping a Belgian group build their own relief efforts by training the group and fulfilling needs that arise so it can provide medical help to the people of Bolivia.

Additionally, The Chadwick Foundation helps fund childcare, school lunches and clean water for children in remote areas of Angola. In Norway, Finland and Italy, Dr. Crandall helps educate missionary physicians from all over the world about infectious diseases. Cases are presented and reviewed in search of treatments, and treatment outcomes are analyzed, with the purpose of advancing medicine on an international level.

Domestically, The Chadwick Foundation is establishing a medical clinic in Pahokee to benefit area migrant workers. Dr. Crandall volunteers at local shelters in Palm Beach County to evaluate and treat the homeless. He is also involved in providing free health education to the public via various media sources such as public radio, and holds a variety of volunteer leadership positions at local educational institutions such as Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Recently, he was one of two doctors who live in Palm Beach who were among those honored during the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s 2011 Heroes in Medicine Awards.

Dr. Gail Cooney, medical director emeritus of Hospice of Palm Beach County and president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2009, was one of five doctors honored as a “Physician Hero” in the general category.

Dr. Crandall was one of four doctors honored as a “Physician Hero” in the international category.

Tenna Wiles, the Medical Society’s chief executive officer said of Dr. Crandall, “He has done really outstanding work internationally. He is a truly remarkable man.”

In summary, Dr. Crandall’s heroic efforts know no borders. He stops at nothing to take care of all people, from all extremes – the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor – all over the world. The impact of The Chadwick Foundation he established seven short years ago is already being felt far and wide. He is truly the epitome of a “Physician Hero.”

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