H.E.R.O Health and Education Relief Organization

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Collie Oudkerk, M.D., Treasurer

Dr. Collie Oudkerk is an Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brookdale University Medical Center, where his responsibilities include the education and training of medical students, Residents, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. He is a graduate of Howard University Medical School, and together a with longtime colleague and fellow physician Dr. Wayne Sampson, he is also a co-founder and current Treasurer of the Health and Educational Relief Organization (H.E.R.O.), formerly known as Health and Education Relief for Guyana (HERG).

Collie immigrated to the United States from Guyana and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, where he excelled in the sciences. Being equally intrigued by the study of business and finance, he opted first to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, which he obtained from Hamilton College in 1988. After a year on Wall Street, his earlier dream of becoming a physician prevailed and he enrolled at Howard University Medical School from which he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Oudkerk completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

In addition to his practice, teaching and mentorship in the field of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Oudkerk is also passionately committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of the less fortunate. As a founding member of H.E.R.O., he has led and participated in dozens of volunteer medical relief missions to his native Guyana and other Caribbean countries, bringing free, quality health care, corrective and preventive medical services to thousands of underserved patients. He also collaborates regularly with other nonprofit service providers such as OMAT (Overseas Medical Assistance Team) and CAMEO (Caribbean American Medical & Educational Organization).

“The practice of medicine is the work of my life,” Dr. Oudkerk says, “and I look forward each day to being able to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”