Cincinnati Children’s employees are volunteering in many ways in our local, national and world communities. They transform baseball fields, green spaces, recreation centers, help centers, and donate their medical skills. Our Radiology Department annually donates school supplies and clothing to one of our nearby local schools and/or to the Ronald McDonald House.
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Radiologist Dr. Steven J. Kraus, chief of Radiography and Fluoroscopy, donated his time and expertise in aiding physicians treat children from other countries and was featured in “Pay it Forward: Mending Kids’ Collaboration Improves Lives” from Medical Dealer. His special areas of clinical interest are genitourinary and gastrointestinal imaging in children.
Dr. Kraus is one of the volunteer recruits of Mending Kids, a California-based, nonprofit medical organization that works to provide critical pediatric surgical care in communities of urgent need around the world. He helped physicians by providing diagnostic imaging services to guide pre-surgery planning at Bugando Weill Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Dr. Kraus was part of a team of surgeons from Cincinnati Children’s to perform critical surgeries for children with anorectal malformations. With the aid of a portable Viamo ultrasound unit, borrowed from Toshiba America Medical Systems, he and other physicians were able to identify anorectal malformations and other abnormalities as well.
The operations performed on the children with anorectal malformations were successful. The team will be returning in November to re-evaluate the children on their health and recovery.
Dr. Kraus and the rest of the employees are a good example of the type of people that work in our department. Their caring and generosity matches our hospital mission: “For patients from our community, the nation and the world, the care we provide will achieve the best medical and quality of life outcomes, patient and family experience and value.”