Lynn T. Staheli, M.D., is the founder of the Global HELP Organization. Based on his experience while teaching in 37 countries, Dr. Staheli became aware of the critical lack of practical, current and affordable health care information in the developing world. After his retirement from clinical practice, he focused on promoting the use of electronic publishing in making health care information more widely available and affordable.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Staheli designed, wrote,and illustrated color textbooks using computer technology. He has published 85 peer-reviewed research studies and published 16 books, and is also the Founding Editor and Editor Emeritus of the Journal Of Pediatric Orthopaedics. A decade ago, he founded Global HELP and currently serves as Executive Director. Global HELP has provided publications in more than 150 countries with more than 10 million pdf downloads. His book “Clubfoot: Ponseti Management” has been translated into more than 25 languages and used in more than 125 countries. The book has also been selected to be included in WHOs Blue Trunk of outstanding publications. Global HELP also published a new textbook: “Paediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text For Africa.”
Lynn’s interest in service spans his lifetime. As a university student, he was the president of the largest student service organization on campus and edited the yearbooks for his university and medical school. He also founded and funded the International Scholarship for Pediatric Orthopaedics, providing overseas physicians an opportunity to study in the United States.
His research on developmental variations during childhood showed that conditions such as flexible flatfeet, intoeing, and bowlegs are normal variations that resolve without treatment. This information contributed significantly to the decline of unnecessary, ineffective and unpleasant treatments, such as corrective shoes, night splints, braces and shoes.
Lynn’s awards have included: AOA Award in medical school, AOA Guest Resident Award, Berg Traveling Fellowship, Distinguished Achievement Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Pediatric Orthopaedic Society, Distinguished Alumni Merit of Honor award from the University of Utah and Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Medicine, University of Washington. The Staheli Chair for Research in Pediatric Orthopaedics was established at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, U.S. Lynn is named in “Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in America.” Recently, Lynn has also received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy.