Local Heros - Rockville Oral Surgeon Finds Joy In Service To Those In Need
Oct 01, 2014 08:59AM
When a U.S. medical team takes off for the hurricane devastated island of Tacloban in the Philippines on October 8, Rockville oral surgeon Dr. Sivakumar Sreenivasan will be onboard, eagerly waiting to serve those in need.
The Potomac resident and graduate of Boston University and the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, will be making his second trip internationally since 2010 to help those whose lives have been torn asunder by a natural disaster. Dr. Sreeni, as he is affectionately called by his patients, previously participated with a medical team that served in Haiti in 2010 where an earthquake devastated that tropical island.
Additionally, since 2005, he also has participated numerous times in medical camps in other parts of the world, including India and Guyana. Sreeni also regularly volunteers at medical camps in the U.S and twice monthly provides free oral surgery services at two clinics in Montgomery County for residents who cannot afford to pay for dental care.
A dental implant specialist, the affable surgeon will be working in a rural area in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated portions of SouthEast Asia, particularly the Philippines last November. It was the deadliest typhoon on record, killing at least 6,268 people in that country alone and leaving thousands homeless.
According to Sreeni, he started volunteering in India in 2005 “after I heard about an opportunity to volunteer with an international organization that has a health care system that provides free dental and medical service for whomever is in need. That organization, the International Sri Saytha Sai Organization, is a model for the groups, Love All, Serve All and Help Ever, Hurt Never and regularly provides free medical camps around the world.”
Sreeni and other members of the team personally pay their own expenses to travel to the Philippines and also will be carrying much needed medical supplies. He calls his service “a great opportunity to experience satisfaction and purpose in my life.
“When you go out and see the opportunities that you have been given compared to those who have so little, you come back feeling very humble and grateful. Additionally, when one serves without any financial expectation or return, one feels a great sense of joy and happiness.”
Sreeni says the team will be working under conditions that are challenging, and he will be seeing children and adults who are in dire need of dental/oral care.
For more information on Dr. Sreeni’s services, visit OMFSMD.com.