Contact: James Ham
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Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles Haviland Mize

Dr. Charles "Charlie" Mize is an emergency medicine physician who completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.  For the past four years, he has volunteered at the Jigme Dorji National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan in collaboration with the Bhutan Foundation and Health Volunteers Overseas to help improve emergency medical services in Bhutan.

Dr. Mize worked with the Royal Government of Bhutan’s Ministry of Health, Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) to develop the Bhutan Aeromedical Retrieval Team (BEAR.) The aim of BEAR is to provide cutting-edge resuscitation and critical obstetric care to patients in remote parts of Bhutan including the Himalayas.  The team is trained to respond to emergency evacuations in extreme altitudes using a high-performance helicopter equipped with an intensive care unit to transport patients safely to hospitals.

The idea of BEAR was born in 2016 when the life of a patient with a treatable injury could not be saved because he arrived too late to the hospital. Many such incidences have been occurring throughout the country. Since its inception in May 2017, the program has been an incredible success saving 53 patients across the country. The BEAR team responds to all life-threatening emergencies and provides elite trauma and medical resuscitation to patients in district hospitals or on site as required.

The BEAR team was initially led by Dr. Mize and emergency nurses Lhab Dorji and Kiran Diyali. Three more doctors and two emergency nurses have joined the team led by Dr. Ugyen Tshering and Dr. Sona Pradhan at the JDWNRH emergency department. BEAR could not be possible without the support and collaboration of the Bhutan Foundation, the Emergency Medical Services Division under the Health Ministry and the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH).

Charlie was also featured on the famous Anthony Bourdain Show "Parts Unknown" aired on CNN: