Dr. Ian Le is the Chief of the Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery at the University of Calgary and has been on three mission trips to Haiti with Team Broken Earth. Dr. Le was on his first trip in 2013 and subsequently led two of his own teams in 2014 and 2016. Dr. Le is a native Albertan who studied Medicine in Calgary and completed fellowships at Harbourview Medical Center (Seattle) and Duke University. On his first trip to Port-au-Prince, Dr. Le travelled with Christina Frangou, whose late husband Dr. Spencer McLean had been part of one of the first Alberta-based missions. He described the trip and experience getting to know Christina and hear about Spencer as “tremendously rewarding on a professional and personal level”.
Dr. Le is a quiet leader, someone whose style is rooted in respect, empathy, modesty and generosity of spirit. Dr. Le is a first generation Canadian, the son of parents who fled Vietnam in 1975 amidst war and chaos. Dr. Le carries with him a deep sense of gratitude and spirit of humanitarianism that is palpable to everyone around him. “When I visit Haiti, I see first-hand the power of education and the opportunity for Canadian medical professionals to support Haitians to advance the quality of care for their country”.
Dr. Le and his wife are the proud parents of three young children (8, 6, and 3), who, says Dr. Le, are the source of his motivation, the real reason he challenges himself each year to leave the comforts of home and contribute to people in need. “I just want to contribute in my own small way.” Dr. Le’s “own small way” makes a huge contribution to Team Broken Earth and to the patients he treats in Haiti.
On behalf of everyone at Broken Earth and the people of Haiti on whose behalf we act, thank you Dr. Le. We are lucky to have you on our team.