William W. Forgey, MD
Founder, Chief Advisor
Dr. Forgey has been with Medical Student Missions since the very beginning. Among his many accomplishments are his service as National Medical Advisor of the Student Conservation Association, Board Member of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers to Toronto, Canada, Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University, Member of the National Health and Safety Support Committee for the Boy Scouts of America, Wilderness First Aid Task Force Chairman for Boy Scouts of America, past Medical Director for Community Health at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana, past President of the Wilderness Medical Society, and most recently, Deputy Sheriff of Lake County Indiana and Medical Director for Correctional Health Indiana.
Dr. Forgey received his AB and MD from Indiana University. Dr. Forgey served in the US Army in Vietnam. He is also a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and named one of America’s 20 greatest living explorers by the Club in 2004.
Max J. Mondestin, MD, MPH
Spécialiste Senior en santé Publique
Dr. Max Mondestin is the Medical Director for Medical Student Missions. He is a gynecology and public health specialist who returned to Haiti from assignment with the World Health Organization (WHO) after the January 2010 earthquake, to help rebuild his country. In November 2010, he became our Medical Director and mentor. We work under his supervision and with his guidance.
Mr. Dirk Vermeven
Haiti Cultural Director
Liaison to rural farmers for a major German NGO, Dirk has lived in Haiti for much of a 30 year span. He plays a significant role in Medical Student Missions successfully meeting local leaf doctors, farmers, and citizens and understanding their culture and history - all critical aspects to our successfully working in a global health project in Haiti.
Eric W. Clement, MBA
Executive Vice President & Founding Executive Director
Eric has made over 20 trips to Haiti for us, so he is well known to many Medical Student Mission volunteers. He is a graduate of Indiana University from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in management class of 2004 and Purdue University with an MBA in 2012 – he was voted the top student in his MBA class. Eric’s early life was spent in Paris and his fluency in French was put to good use negotiating with Haitian medical authorities in November 2011 as we established ourselves working for the Department of Health (Ministry of Population and Sanitation) with mobile medical clinics in the Artibonite region near Verrettes, Haiti. He works as the Chief Executive Officer of Correctional Health Indiana, Inc.
Dr. Braxton Fritz
Founding Board Member
Dr. Fritz was one of the founding leaders of Medical Student Missions, Inc during his first year of medical school. He has gone on 3 medical trips including the first trip to Haiti in August of 2010. He is currently studying as a Family Medicine resident at Self Regional Hospital in South Carolina. He has continued to help provide direction as part of the Board of Directors of the Medical Student Missions, Inc.
Vilna Josaphat, Ing-Agr
Director, Haitian Operations
Professeur d'agronomie et d'entrepreunariat rural
Consutant/systemes de productions Agricoles, animales et filieres des Produits
Mr. Josaphat directs all operations in Haiti for Medical Student Missions and acts as our liaison to governmental and university bodies, with whom we work at our various locations.
Lucas Buchler, MD
President & Chairman of the Board
Dr. Buchler is a founding member of Medical Student Missions, Inc. and continues to serve as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Health Corps Haiti, Inc. As a first year medical student, he helped to provide the leadership to organize and found our organization in 2010. He is a veteran of our first trip to Haiti in August of 2011 and continues to oversee the operations of the Board of Directors of Health Corps Haiti, Inc. (formerly Medical Student Missions, Inc.).
Dr. Buchler is an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine surgeon at Northwestern Medical Group and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is originally from Dyer, Indiana and completed his undergraduate studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine and then completed his residency training at Northwestern University. Upon completion of his residency, he sought additional sub-specialty training in orthopaedic sports medicine surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver.
Tianyi D. Luo, MD
Founding Board Member & Lead Mission Coordinator
Dr. Luo became one of the founding members of Medical Student Missions as a 1st year medical student. He has been to Haiti several times and has more recently assisted in organizing trips with various U.S medical schools. Dr. Luo serves on the Board of Directors in addition to being the Lead Mission Coordinator. He contributes invaluable service to the organization as a liaison between our mission participants and our leadership team. Dr. Luo is currently doing his training in orthopedic surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He plans to continue in a leadership capacity with Medical Student Missions and use the opportunity to educate students of all levels interested in a career in healthcare.
Kyle Gospodarek, MD
Director, Curriculum and Education
Kyle joined the organization in 2011 and assumed duties for curriculum and education in January 2017. He is responsible for preparing the teaching aids, manuals, and developing and coordinating the educational aids used during the mobile clinic training operations in Haiti. As part of our educational initiative, this includes educational program materials for the Haitian translators and performing background studies for the leishmaniasis, glaucoma, and hyperlipidemia research projects Health Corps Haiti is currently pursuing.
Assunta Marie Uffer-Marcolongo
Exofficio Board Member
Mrs Marcolongo, the President of the International Association for Medical Assistance for Travelers, provides expert advise to the Board based on over 50 years of experience in International Health. She will assist particularly with the implementation of the Health Corps Haiti academic appointment project at the Henry Christophe State University of Haiti Medical School in Limonade.