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​Paul Wise: Saving the children, on the frontlines of war

Stanford’s Paul Wise and Russ Altman discuss the challenges of bringing medical care to children in some of the world’s most war-torn regions.

Students walk out of their classroom at an elementary school in eastern Mosul.

Students walk out of their classroom at an elementary school in eastern Mosul. | Reuters/Marko Djurica

One of the tradeoffs of modern medicine is that technology that allows physicians to save more lives also drives them closer than ever to the frontlines so they can administer care as quickly as possible.

They do so at great personal risk, says Stanford pediatrician Paul Wise.

Wise began his career caring for children during Guatemala’s brutal decades-long civil war and recently returned from service during the siege of Mosul, which forced out ISIS but took a tremendous toll on Iraq’s second-largest city.

His latest project is using custom apps to gather malnutrition data in rural Guatemala to bring care to the most-needy kids and to drive policy changes at the national level within that nation's Ministry of Health.

In the Future of Everything radio show, Wise and host Russ Altman explore the challenges of wartime pediatrics.

 

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