Spencer McLean was an energetic and charismatic orthopedic resident who volunteered with Team Calgary in Port-au-Prince in 2013. Dr. McLean planned to return to Haiti but was diagnosed with an aggressive kidney cancer six months after his visit. He died only a few months after his diagnosis, during the same week that he finished his orthopedic-surgery residency. He was 36 years old.
Spencer was unable to return to Haiti but his involvement with Team Broken Earth didn’t end with his passing. His wife Christina Frangou joined Team Calgary on a trip to Port-au-Prince in November 2013. Eager to understand Spencer’s experience in Haiti and his motivation to participate in the organization, Christina travelled to Haiti in his place and was inspired to found a fellowship in his name. We remember Spencer with great fondness and with Christina’s support, we are honoring him through the first-ever Dr. Spencer McLean fellowship. This fellowship will support a Haitian orthopedic surgeon to come to Canada to observe, study and train within the Canadian health care system for two months.