Achievements of Dr. Rod Rohrich

 

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is internationally acclaimed as one of the best plastic surgeons, an author, educator as well as a leading innovator based in Dallas, Texas. He was born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota. Since he began his career in 1986, he is well known for his dedication to his job, which has made him very good at what he does. He has been on television shows such as Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show and The View. Dr. Rohrich is recognized as a very influential plastic surgeon for his innovative works and treating skills.

Dr. Rod Rohrich graduated from North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota for his undergraduate and postgraduate courses respectively. He later enrolled in a medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he graduated with highest honors. The time spent at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston had a great impact on him, and this is what inspired him to go back to Texas after the plastic surgery training. He completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Rod Rohrich continued with his training at the Oxford University, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard in Boston. He later joined the plastic surgery department at the University Texas Southwestern Medical Center as an assistant professor in the year 1986.

He became the chairperson of the plastic surgery department at the University Texas Southwestern, which became the first Department of Plastic Surgeons in the United States. Under his leadership, the Department of Plastic Surgeons became the most renowned plastic surgery department in the country. Dr. Rod Rohrich began his charitable work in Dallas, where he began his role as an educator. He worked as a plastic surgeon for over two decades, a professional academic, and a respected chairperson at the UT Southwestern.

Dr. Rod Rohrich has traveled all over the world and published over 700 articles on the subject of plastic surgery. He has continued to be a very passionate plastic surgeon at heart. His skills in treating complex cases has made him one of the best plastic surgeons in the United States. He is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the ASPS, and the ASAPS. Dr. Rod Rohrich has won awards in his line of work such as, the 2002 Simon Frederick’s Award for Best Panelist from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Scarves For Troops

For the last two years, ninety-five year old US Navy World War II Veteran, Nikki Smith, has been knitting hundreds of holiday scarves for deployed US troops.

When Mrs. Smith was ninety-three, she saw a woman knitting scarves at the local armory where she was volunteering. She asked the woman how to make the scarves and when she learned the pattern she went right from the armory to the craft store for some yarn and knitting needles. As soon as Nikki back to her home she got right to work knitting scarves.

About a year after Nikki began knitting she learned of Operation Gratitude, a charity based out of her own state of California that donates over 150,000 care packages to US Service Members, both current and former, annually. Mrs. Smith contacted Operation Gratitude and donated the one hundred scarves she had created since meeting the woman at the armory.

Nikki is still making scarves and they are included in the packages from Operation Gratitude. Each scarf comes with a note from Nikki herself that reads, “Handcrafted with love and gratitude in every stitch by Grandma Nikki who was a World War II Veteran US Navy.

Even after serving her country Nikki still continues to do so by keeping our troops comfortable. Nikki says that it is difficult for her to keep knitting due to arthritis in her fingers, but she also says that it isn’t easy for the troops and if difficulty doesn’t stop them, then it won’t stop her either.

Kudos to Jonathan Veitch for showing me this story, if you would like to join Mrs. Smith in her knitting for the troops there are plenty of online tutorials and patterns for beginners and every level up.

Laurene Powell Jobs: Rarely-Discussed Efforts That Make a Big Impact

Previously known to stay in the background, Laurene Powell Jobs takes new efforts to give back with each passing year. As the widow of Steve Jobs, the former banker has become one of the most influential entities in Silicon Valley, and she has taken her efforts all the way to the nation’s capital.

Education
According to Wikipedia, in 1985 Laurene Powell Jobs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Economics. Six years later, she received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Career
After earning her Bachelor’s degrees, Powell Jobs worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management as well as working as a trading strategist for Goldman Sachs.

Powell Jobs is a co-founder of natural foods company Terravera and has served on the Board of Directors for Achieva, College Track, Conservation International, Emerson Collective, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, NewSchools Venture Fund and Stanford University, in addition to sitting on the advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations. Achieva helps create online tools to assist students with studying and preparing for standardized tests. College Track, an organization she helped to create, works to improve high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation for disadvantaged youth. Emerson Collective, also co-founded by Powell Jobs, is an organization that supports organizations and individuals working in education, social justice and immigration reform.

Philanthropy
Created in 1997, Powell Jobs now serves as President of College Track, and many of the organization’s graduates are first-generation college students. The overwhelming majority of these students enroll at four-year universities and most complete their coursework to graduate. In comparison, the national average for first-generation students does not even see a 25 percent completion rate. The program uses an intensive academic and extracurricular format to ensure admittance and prepare students for a successful college career. The organization features facilities in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Aurora, Colorado, and plans to open more centers in the future.

Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective works through grants, investments and partnerships to provide improvement in a variety of social areas. Part of this organization is The Dream is Now campaign that aims to assist undocumented youth and their families with earning citizenship. The goal of this campaign is to help individuals exercise their skills and create an economic presence. She also serves on the board for Udacity, a Stanford organization that provides affordable education.

Politics
Many of Laurene Powell Jobs’ philanthropic efforts are inspired by her passion behind political causes. She has made herself a regular visitor to Capitol Hill to rally behind and speak on behalf of issues she deems important, including immigration reform. She has discussed the importance of such legislation while promoting the DREAM Act in Congress, and backed a documentary discussing the issue that aired at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

She has publicly offered her support for the President’s actions regarding healthcare reform, and has been an active political donor to the campaigns of various Democratic candidates in the state of California. She made donations toward the reelection of Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and toward issues related to her organizations, such as school reform.