Team Leader, Global Health Outreach
Dr. Sam Molind left his Montpelier, Vermont practice in 1998 to begin Global Health Outreach (GHO) and directed it for 12 years. Prior to his work with GHO, Dr. Molind served as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical School and had a private oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Montpelier. Dr. Molind was president of the medical staff at the Central Vermont Medical Center, was a board examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for six years and was the president of the Vermont State Dental Society.
Dr. Molind and his wife Dorothy began a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Central Vermont where Dorothy served as the Executive Director. Sam and Dorothy have been active in establishing the Good Samaritan Haven, an emergency shelter for the homeless and a health and wellness clinic for the underinsured and uninsured in Central Vermont.
Dr. Molind, a lifetime member of CMDA, has participated in numerous short-term healthcare mission trips since 1985. He has been on the CMDA Board of Trustees and served on the Biomedical Ethics Commission. Dr. Molind has led surgical teams into Central Asia for 10 years to help develop a maxillofacial surgical residency program and has helped organize and develop maxillofacial surgical programs in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
In April 2005, Dr. Molind was the first time recipient of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Citation from the Bureau of Global Health for outstanding support of their mission by training maxillofacial surgeons, providing medical, surgical and dental care and for his commitment to improve the lives of many thousands of people around the world.
Dr. Molind received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ 2006 Presidential Achievement Award. The Presidential Achievement Award recognizes those fellows and members of the AAOMS whose important and long-standing contributions have benefited the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the areas of clinical, academic, research and public service activities.
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