Rick Hodes, Jewish doc in Ethiopia, speaks to Brandeis grads

It seems the accolades never end for Rick Hodes, the Jewish doctor in Ethiopia whose work taking in orphans, caring for the sick and running medical clinics for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has made him a figure of international renown.

The latest award came from Brandeis University, which on Sunday conferred an honorary degree upon the Long Island-raised doctor (featured in an award-winning JTA profile story in 2006).

Read his commencement address or watch him deliver it here.

If you want to see the kind of extraordinary medical cases Hodes sees, check out these before-and-after photos of one of his patients (warning: graphic images).

Uriel Heilman is JTA’s managing editor, responsible for coordinating JTA’s editorial team. He re-joined JTA in 2007 after a stint doing independent reporting in Israel and the Arab world. Before that, he served as New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post. An award-winning journalist, he has served as JTA’s news editor and worked as a reporter for a variety of publications in the United States and in Israel.