Randall Culp, M.D. Receives the HVO’s 2013 Golden Apple Award - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on April 05, 2013

Randall Culp, M.D. Receives the HVO’s 2013 Golden Apple Award 

DREXEL Hill, Pa.Have you ever thought about what it would feel like if you were unable to make a simple phone call for a doctor’s appointment? We often take for granted what a luxury it is to have a reliable doctor at an arm’s reach. Randall Culp, M.D., CKHS hand surgeon and a volunteer with the Health Volunteers Overseas Honduras Hand Surgery program, was recently selected as a recipient of the HVO’s 2013 Golden Apple Award. 

Randall Culp, M.D.

Randall Culp, M.D.

The Golden Apple Award was created by the HVO Board of Directors in 2006 as a way to honor those who volunteer their services and demonstrate the extraordinary commitment to HVO’s ideals of education and knowledge. The HVO programs were designed to provide local healthcare professionals with skills and knowledge that will strengthen the healthcare sector’s ability to deliver better healthcare to more people. 

“What many people don’t realize is that medicine is non-existent in some countries. In Honduras, half the population lives off of less than one dollar a day. I don’t even think you can buy a cup of coffee for less than a dollar in Philadelphia,” Culp says. “I began volunteering in the early 2000s, and a few years later I started visiting Honduras and just fell in love – with the people and the country. Honduras is so incredibly poor, and volunteering is a great way to give back. This work is so gratifying for me and I feel that the best gift in the world is to give back to other people.” 

During the week-long visit, Culp and his fellows will see around 100 patients: women and children first and finishing with the men. The men have a tendency to suffer from incidents with machetes. Culp mentioned a six-month-old little girl suffering from an issue where she was born with 12 fingers. Her mother put her on a bus with a note stating this was the girl’s only shot of being treated, and thankfully Culp was able to help.  

“I take a group of fellows with me along with college and medical students,” Culp says. “This is a great way for them to see the practice of medicine overseas. I also have fellows from Honduras who come and stay with me for a week so that they can see first-hand how we work in the states. Since I have been volunteering, I have received an immense amount of positive feedback and I feel as if this has been my calling. It has been a great way to help get the word out there. 

“Being selected as a recipient for the Golden Apple Award has truly felt like one of my highest accomplishments,” Culp continues. “My trips are extremely rewarding and being nominated by a group of my peers has really been moving.” 

Right now, Culp makes one trip a year. As for the future, he hopes to soon increase that one trip to two, with more fellows and visits to more countries. There has been more interest in international medicine because of Culp’s accomplishments, and lending a helping hand will always be one of his number-one priorities. 

Culp is a member of the Crozer-Keystone/Philadelphia Hand Center Partnership, which brings patients local access to the latest advances and knowledge in diagnosing and treating injuries of the hand and wrist. To learn more or to fill out an online appointment request form, visit http://hand.crozerkeystone.org. You may also call 1-855-5CK-HAND (1-855-525-4263).  

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