Dr. Raymond Ford – “Dokte Ray”, as he is affectionately called in Haiti, was born in Pittsburgh, PA as the son of “Bob” Ford. He went through primary and secondary schools in cities all over the Southern United States following which he earned a B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University. He graduated from Duke University with an M.D., stayed on for his internship and residency, and became Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He subsequently served in the United States Army Medical Corps, followed by private practice as a Pediatrician in Charlottesville, Virginia until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the Pediatric Clinical Attending Staff at the University of Virginia for a number of years.
He has served as a volunteer Pediatrician in Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Belize and Haiti. For this volunteer work, he received several humanitarian awards, the most recent being the Duke University School of Medicine Humanitarian Award in 2006.
He is Medical Director for the Haiti Mission which supports the Tovar Clinic in Grison-Garde, Haiti. He founded the Robert Ford Haitian Orphanage and School Foundation, named after his father, which supports the schools and orphanage in Grison-Garde. He is deeply involved in other projects such as the “Rita Christine Vocational School” and a project to provide food, shelter, and potable water for the homeless elderly also in Grison Garde. Other projects on his plate are the Carmillot School and Tremesse School near Grison-Garde.
Dokte Ray is an extremely vigorous and generous man. He has shared his talents, his humor, and love of his fellow man with many who join him on these humanitarian missions.