Author: Guilbert Saint-Jean
This is my life story, growing up as the son of a modest family in Haiti's countryside where I attended grade and medical school, and helped alleviate my compatriots’ suffering. My public health education at the University of Miami (UM) inched me closer to my career goals: I became health systems administrator in Haiti and in Florida, and a faculty member of UM medical school. The book describes my personal tragedies and professional struggles, and relates Haiti’s recent major sociopolitical events to the larger issues facing the country today. It ends with advice for young readers grounded on my experience.
Dr. Gilbert Saint-Jean graduated from medical school in Haiti, practiced medicine and occupied several administrative positions. He later migrated to Florida and went to direct health services for the Miccosukee Indians. He also enrolled in a doctoral program in epidemiology at the University of Miami, which he joined as a faculty member upon graduation, until he became medically disabled. Dr. Saint-Jean had published more than two dozen scientific papers and presented his research around the world. He served as an editorial board member for an epidemiology journal, a reviewer for several scientific journals, and a board member of several NGOs.