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Once-condemned doctor turns to helping Haitians

Associated Press Updated: December 15, 2013 at 9:15 am 0

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — After a quarter-century as the associate dean for community health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Arthur Fournier is reflecting on a career that has taken him to Haiti more than 150 times.

Fournier co-founded Project Medishare, a nonprofit providing health care in rural Haiti. He's regularly led trips to the Caribbean country for Miami medical students to learn about Haitian culture and global health.

Fournier didn't know much about Haiti when he began his Miami teaching career in 1978. Then AIDS patients began arriving at his hospital — only they weren't gay men, who accounted for many early AIDS cases. Rather, they were Haitian.

His early missteps with these patients led him on a professional and personal journey that defined the rest of his life.

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