April 26 – Happy Birthday Dr. Tom Catena

closeup_tom-698929dcb320f8e91137b401a4e043bf16d3a18bThere are no words that can adequately describe the admiration I have for Amsterdam native Dr. Tom Catena. A brilliant student, a highly talented athlete with an Ivy league education as a mechanical engineer and a medical degree from Duke, he could have gone to any city in this country, made a huge amount of money and lived the proverbial American Dream.

But instead, he chooses to live in the Sudan, one of the most under-developed war-torn countries on Earth. Instead, he chooses to work as the director and only surgeon in a crude mountain-top hospital that serves a population of 750,000 members of the Nuba tribe. They are among the…

You can read the rest of my story about this gallant Amsterdam hero in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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