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Meet The Doctor In Charge Of Dallas' Largest Shelter For Hurricane Harvey Evacuees

Sep 1, 2017

About 700 people spent the night Thursday at the shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Caring for evacuees after a natural disaster presents a huge medical challenge, which Dr. Ray Fowler of UT Southwestern Medical Center knows well.   

He's a hurricane veteran who got his start with Hurricane Katrina and is now the medical director for the downtown Dallas "mega shelter."

In this interview, you'll hear: 

  • Dr. Fowler's experience treating evacuees during Hurricane Katrina. 
  • Challenges facing evacuees coming to the Dallas shelter. 
  • The personal toll of treating patients in a disaster situation. 

Dr. Raymond Fowler is a professor of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and an emergency room physician at Parkland Hospital.