St. Luke’s International Medical Program (SLIMP) – previously known as SLISS – is a non-profit organization developed to assist low and middle income countries with sustained improvements in care by providing critically needed supplies, equipment, and training by visiting medical professionals. Secondarily this program provides training for the next generation of healthcare workers to meet the needs of the international community.
St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has supported the development of SLIMP, proposed and initiated in April of 2014 by Dr. Richard P. Sharpe.
A Note from the Founder & Director
I graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1991 and completed my general surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in 1999. My fellowship was in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2000-2002. During my 26-year military career, I was sent on eight deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. It was during my service as the “Senior Surgeon” aboard USNS Comfort following the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that I became interested in developing an international medical program to assist developing countries with sustained improvements in care.
Following my retirement from the military in 2013, I began working at St. Luke’s University Health Network, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With the essential support of the Estes Surgical Associates and the administrative staff at St. Luke’s, I started the St. Luke’s International Medical Program.
Considering my experiences serving in the military and leading SLIMP, I am convinced there is no greater reward than the sense of accomplishment obtained through service to someone or something greater than oneself. Medicine is a profession that allows me to meet others’ needs on a daily basis. I am privileged to have the training and experience which allow me to function internationally, and to have the support of St. Luke’s to grow SLIMP. Thank you for visiting this web site. I hope you enjoy the blog!
Richard P Sharpe, MD FACS
Chief of Surgery, St. Luke’s Warren Hospital
Founder & Director, St. Luke’s International Medical Program