Erik J. Meidl, M.D., Internist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently returned from a medical mission trip to San Cristobal and other small communities in Mexico. Twenty-four missionaries from all across the country, including Dr. Meidl and another Hannibal resident, spent eight days treating patients.

Dr. Meidl and the other medical missionaries saw 919 primary care patients on their trip with Helping Hands Medical Missions through the Catholic World Missions. These patients have limited access to health care.

“I had been on a medical mission before and I wanted to go again,” said Dr. Meidl. “I wanted to serve people and help those less fortunate.”

Some of the patients the physicians saw suffered from gastritis, osteoarthritis, heart problems, tuberculosis and a myriad of other ailments. A pharmacy was also on hand, stocked with necessary medications.

Dr. Meidl is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined the Hannibal Clinic in 1996 after completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an internship and second year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Contributed by Ginny Webb, PR/Marketing Director for Hannibal Clinic