About this non-profit outreach program 

Project EAR is a non-profit, humanitarian outreach program that provides otolaryngological healthcare to the underserved population of the Dominican Republic. The Department of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides anesthesia services for Project EAR twice each year (winter and fall).

The goals and objectives as an anesthesia provider in Project EAR are to:

  • Provide cost-effective, quality anesthesia care in a resource-scarce environment
  • Emphasize the importance of physical examination in the perioperative setting
  • Maintain ethical principles when working with staff and patients from different cultures
  • Organize and lead a humanitarian medical mission in a developing country
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Since 1995, Project EAR has provided medical care to patients in the Dominican Republic. The group of volunteer physicians, nurses and ancillary providers are led by Edward E. Dodson, MD, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. During two one-week trips annually (winter and fall), the medical team provides up to 80 surgeries per trip and provides diagnostic audiology and hearing-aid fitting. Reconstructive surgeries are conducted with a team from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery team. The patients who receive care are screened, prepared and followed-up with by native Dominican Republic otolaryngologist Roberto Batista, MD. Project EAR is an established program that not only delivers healthcare during these trips, but also sustains a healthcare model to the underserved population of the Dominican Republic throughout the year.

Since its inception, Project Ear has provided to the underprivileged children and adults of the Dominican Republic:

  • Over 300 hearing aids
  • More than 750 surgeries
  • 1000 complete hearing exams

Get Involved

To get involved with Project EAR, call 614-293-8688 or stop by the Department of Anesthesiology education office to sign up for upcoming trips. All providers from students, researchers, residents, faculty and ancillary staff are welcome to inquire. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Kenneth R. Moran, MD, who serves as the liaison between the Department of Anesthesiology and Project EAR, will screen and evaluate all future participants. All participants should be in good academic and clinical standing. The Project EAR missions are approved by Graduate Medical Education at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

Participation requirements:

  • Good standing status
  • Desire and willingness to dedicate your time and effort
  • Opportunity could be more beneficial for CA-2 and CA-3 residents
  • Learning basic medical Spanish prior to departure is helpful