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Humanitarian Programs

  • Research Projects
  • Haiti Hydrocephalus Project

    In 2003 a team of medical volunteers, led by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr John Ragheb, traveled to Haiti to perform surgery for children with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is one of the most common treatable causes of neurological disability and death in the developing world. Since the initiation of this program in 2003, volunteers from South Florida and across the United States have continued to travel to Haiti. Over 500 children have had surgery to treat their hydrocephalus at no charge to the family. Over 1,000 children have been screened and many other children have been provided aid and diagnostic testing. The ultimate goal of the Hydrocephalus Program is to create a formal neurosurgical training program in Haiti. These first trainees will then hopefully go on to become the teachers of future Haitian neurosurgeons in a formal Haitian-run neurosurgical training program of the future. Read more 

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Division of Neurosurgery at (305) 662-8386
To reach our team by email, please address inquiries to You can also use our online contact form by clicking here. New Patients please click here and make sure you review the form and have all the items on the checklist before calling.



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