Alumni

Matthew Putnam on a helicopter during his time with a forward surgical team in Afghanistan.

Alumni Album: Late to War

Dartmouth alumnus Matthew Putnam (D’74, Med’77) talks about his journey from a career in academic medicine to performing surgery on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan.

David Royal (right) with Major Hazrat, an Afghan physician. The two are working together to improve quality of care in Kabul.

On the Front Line of Health Care in Afghanistan

After ten years working as a neuroscientist, David Royal (’10) decided it was time for a career change. His search for a new career led him to the MS program at TDI. Now he’s putting his TDI education to use every day in Kabul, Afghanistan, helping hospitals transition from being Coalition-led to Afghan-led.