Dr. Robert Fuller

Hurricane Relief

UConn Docs Provide Medical Assistance in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Dr. Robert Fuller says of the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.


In the wake of devastation from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, UConn Health physicians were among those who traveled to help with humanitarian and medical relief efforts. Dr. Robert Fuller, department chair and professor of emergency medicine at UConn Health (pictured, bottom), traveled with the International Medical Corps on a mission to assess the damage to, and identify gaps in, medical infrastructure for delivering care to the poor, and to find and coordinate resources to close that gap.

“Everyone is affected in a serious and ongoing way,” Fuller says. “It is impossible to see or do anything that is not changed by the storm.”

Dr. Natalie Moore, UConn Health’s first International Disaster Emergency Medicine Fellow and a UConn Master of Public Health candidate, went to the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma. She treated patients at a temporary triage clinic in St. John before working at a hospital in St. Croix, where she hunkered down for Hurricane Maria. It was the only hospital open in the area, as the hospital in St. Thomas was destroyed.

a fellow volunteer caring for a resident of St. John following Hurricane Irma.

UConn Health’s Dr. Natalie Moore shared this photo of a fellow volunteer caring for a resident of St. John following Hurricane Irma.

UConn Health's Dr. Robert Fuller, center, a volunteer with International Medical Corps in San Juan, discusses logistics with AmeriCares staff.

UConn Health's Dr. Robert Fuller, center, a volunteer with International Medical Corps in San Juan, discusses logistics with AmeriCares staff.