Ken Isaacs & Dr. Richard W. Furman present “Development of Emergency Response Medicine at Samaritan’s Purse.”
Vice President of Programs and Government Relations
Ken oversees all international relief projects for Samaritan’s Purse. With more than 34 years of experience working in the relief and development communities, his work has taken him to 120 countries in response to global emergencies. During his career, Ken also has served as director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and testified multiple times before Congress. He has two sons and four grandchildren. Ken and his wife, Jodie, live in Boone.
Richard W. Furman, M.D.
Dr. Richard W. Furman, along with his late brother Dr. Lowell Furman and Franklin Graham, co-founded World Medical Mission in 1977. World Medical Mission is the division of Samaritan’s Purse that assists Christian doctors and medical personnel with organizing short-term service assignments at missionary hospitals around the globe. Dr. Furman has traveled extensively in support of our many mission hospitals. He is retired from the Watauga Surgical Group in Boone, N.C. He is past president of the North Carolina Surgical Association, a former governor of the American College of Surgeons representing the state of North Carolina, and past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In October 2019, Dr. Furman received the International Surgical Volunteerism Award, granted by the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors.
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