Barnabas Health has named Dr. Ernani Sadural its director of global health to coordinate the system’s national and international humanitarian outreach and to help to assess future initiatives.
Barnabas Health doctors, nurses, employee teams and individuals have traveled to countries throughout the world and many areas in the United States on supportive missions to aid after disasters as well as to provide medical care to underserved areas.
Sadural, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is a member of the medical staff at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville and practices at Regional Women’s Health Group in West Orange and Kearny.
He is co-founder and chief medical officer of the Life is Great Global Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to bringing medical and non-medical volunteers to underserved populations and empowering local residents to create sustainable change.
He and his wife, cardiologist Dr. Sarah L. Timmapuri, co-founded LIG in response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake. LIG teams have since made more than 30 trips to 10 countries to bring medical and other services to impoverished and underserved communities.
In January 2014, LIG — in coordination with the Marian Rose World Mission, a relief organization headed by Dr. Cristina Pamaar, a Saint Barnabas anesthesiologist — led a team of 75 doctors, nurses, medical staff and other volunteers to the Philippines.
“Barnabas Health is fortunate and excited that Dr. Sadural will bring his exceptional talents and experience to guide Barnabas Health’s global endeavors,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, chief executive of Barnabas Health. “By definition, health care workers are compassionate people who have chosen careers to be of service to others. Many of our staff is eager to offer their energies and skill as volunteers.”
Sadural said, “My first goal is to discover and recognize all of the individual efforts people within the Barnabas Health System are making — some silently and some within other organizations — and share information, resources, global contacts and volunteer opportunities.”
He said volunteer health care providers face similar challenges in global health, and his goal is to “expand our reach and, if we can align each of our individual efforts unified by the idea of making the world a better place, then the sky truly is the limit. For when people look outside of themselves and express their natural compassion, it helps fuel their internal happiness. For me, this work has been an incredible personal journey and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
Sadural received both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Northwestern University and completed his residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and board member of the New Jersey Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He and his wife were named “Humanitarian of the Year 2012” by the Waves of Health non-profit organization.Leave a reply →