Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kent Saltonstall, MD, of Woodway, Washington, has volunteered to spend a week with the two Kiribati doctors on Christmas Island in mid May on urgent medical cases and to help assess the work that frequently returning consulting physicians might perform there, it was announced.
Dr. Saltonstall, an avid bone fisherman, has visited Christmas Island several times, but has not had the opportunity to help the people there in any meaningful way, according to PIMA president Carlton Smith.
Dr. Saltonstall will work with Dr. Teraira Bangao, the Line Islands Medical Officer in Charge, and Kiribati surgeon Dr. John Tekanene while there, Smith said.
He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and received degrees from Yale, Columbia and Tufts universities. After service in the U.S. Navy and completion of training in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Saltonstall worked at Group Health Cooperative in Washington for 21 years and now teaches several courses at the University of Washington Medical School.