The story of how a group of UTMB physicians, residents and alumni recently went on a surgical medical mission to help some of the Dominican Republic’s poorest residents had its beginnings several years ago. How the entourage ended up in one of the poorest parts of the Western Hemisphere begins with Dr. Dennis Gore, a UTMB surgeon, and Dr. Bert Hart, a UTMB alum, who now practices in Bryan and cofounded the Hispaniola Medical Charity as a way to honor Hart’s father who was a well-respected surgeon in Puerto Plata. [Note: This story was written by Raul Reyes of UTMB’s Office of Marketing and Communications. If you would like to submit a story idea for consideration, email UTMB Marketing and Communications.]