06/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

National Volunteer Month: Dr. Keyvan Hariri Makes An Impact In Haiti

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Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, the world has become intimately familiar with the need for medical attention, tents, supplies, food and water in the region and, indeed, developing nations around the world.

There have been three major earthquakes since: an 8.8 in Chile, a 7.2 in northern Mexico and a 7.8 just Tuesday off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The damage sustained in Haiti, however, has been more catastrophic than the others combined, and it brings to our attention the need for sustainable and long-term solutions for the people there.

For most of us, however, we cannot go and rebuild, or plan the future for the Haitians. For today's Volunteer Spotlight, we're featuring one doctor who knew he had to go and help.

Dr. Keyvan Hariri has a family practice in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and acts as a clinical preceptor for students at UCLA's medical school. He arrived in Haiti just days after the earthquake and spent two weeks treating those who had no other access to medical care. In Haiti, he worked with International Medical Corps (IMC), an organization that works all over the world providing free medical treatment to those in need. IMC set up 15 mobile clinics in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas to serve the newly homeless and those in need of urgent medical care.


Dr. Hariri's experiences have inspired him to use his skills and medical knowledge in other emergency relief areas when they arise.

To learn more about International Medical Corps' work around the world, visit Make a donation to IMC or text HAITI to 85944 to give $10. If you're an American Express cardholder, you can donate Membership Reward points to the cause -- IMC will receive $10 for every 1,000 points you give. If you're a doctor or nurse and wish to volunteer, apply now.

Note: Huffington Post's Impact section is published in collaboration with Causecast, an organization which provides online tools to nonprofits. International Medical Corps has a profile on, though they are not paying clients and Causecast in no way benefits from any donations given to this organization.