Work of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade in Honduras
Jun 13, 2018
Dr. Barry Byer with Dr. Wolfgang Rennert
Work of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade in Honduras

Barry Byer, MD

In 1999 Dr. Barry Byer, MD founded and now serves as President of the board of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that provides potable water, sanitation, smokeless stoves, recycled eyeglasses, physical therapy and surgery to some of the poorest of the poor in Honduras. The VHC Medical Brigade sends 8-10 teams to Honduras every year and supports three clinics in remote mountain areas.

Dr. Byer is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice, recently retired after practicing family medicine for 40 years in Falls Church, VA. He was Chief of Family Practice at Virginia Hospital Center since 1980 and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School. He received his MD degree from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and interned at Marion County General Hospital, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN.  Early in his career he served his country in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at the National Heart and Lung Institute of NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Byer is currently Vice President of the McLean, VA Rotary Club and will assume the role of President in July.

Wolfgang Rennert, MD

Dr. Wolfgang Rennert is Vice-President of the board of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade and also serves as Medical Director of the Rostropovich Foundation of Global Health.  He is a recognized expert in areas of public and global health.

Dr. Rennert  currently serves as a professor in the Department of Perdiatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and is Director of their Residency Program.   His medical degree is from Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany; his internships and residency were at Georgetown University Hospital; and he was a Fellow at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa.