For years, Dr. Jarrahy has traveled overseas to participate in surgical mission trips aimed at providing free surgeries to children in the developing world who have little or no access to even the most basic healthcare. Most recently, as a faculty member of the Center for World Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCLA Blum Center for Poverty and Health in Latin America, and the UCLA Latin American Studies Program, Dr. Jarrahy and the FCS are helping to create innovative ways to study and support the people of Central and South America through a unique combination of surgical and anthropological perspectives.
I saw you coming in my dreams,
Child of your Grandfather now in the Sky, who disappeared one
day, twenty-eight years ago, murdered by
the mindless man bearing arms and machetes.
Impossible innocence for you;
too much blood in your ancestral umbilical cord.
Rising upwards, moving forward,
You have a chance at a New Life, you are the harbinger of a
new dawn for your people.
How? By being the
Child of your Fatherless Father who, broken hearted,
Became the head of your grandmother's household at age five
and then at ten, off to work the fields because who else would
support your aunt and uncles?
Who came of age with grief and stories I moved through
him and the generations, like DNA, yet,
Whose own journey to the North and back, has given him Wind
to sail instead of bitter Storm to perish in.
For this fatherless Ixil father, face surgery is for him "opens-
hearts" surgery; cuts of love not hate – it is a way for him to
make his family hole.
He expresses Gratitude for the Mavericks, medicine madmen
and women, crazed with caring, whose priceless surgical gift
comes to his Maya baby and gives new breath to all of us who
--Bonni Taub, Ph.D