Philadelphia Surgeon Wins Statewide Award for International Voluntary Service

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

FOR RELEASE: May 13, 2020
Gokcen-MD-webHARRISBURG, Pa. – Eric C. Gokcen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Philadelphia, has been named recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Physician Award for International Voluntary Service.
Dr. Gokcen invested seven years of his career improving the lives of the poor in developing African countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, where he performed thousands of surgeries for children with disabilities.
While there, Dr. Gokcen also started two internationally accredited orthopaedic surgery residency programs. His work was recognized by the Ethiopian Parliament.
Since returning to the U.S., he became director of global orthopaedic surgery and an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at Temple University. He regularly takes residents on short-term medical mission trips to Africa to expose them to the needs of the developing world.
Dr. Gokcen has become an expert on international medical education in the developing world and has presented at national events.
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Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society
(717) 909-2651
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