Medicine Please note some images included within this portfolio may be disturbing & unsuited for certain individuals. Caution is advised on reviewing these photographs. At this time of self-isolation, social distancing, cancellations in travel and work postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have decided to review past medical profession photography projects and bring the photographs to the public. During my career, medicine has repeatedly been among the forums I’ve chosen for long-term essays beginning as far back as in the early 1980s. From inception to publication, a self-assigned undertaking photographing the staff of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit lasted over a calendar year. The following summer the access to Critical Care Burn Center and the plight of a youngster burned over 90% of her body would be heart-wrenching. An assigned news conference about a coordinated teaming of surgeons from the United States and Soviet Union expanded into a year-long documentary of a single mother named Svetlana and her daughter Natasha from the Ural Mountains of Russia. Natasha, a then-six years old little girl, was among the group of children patients brought to Dallas, Texas for cranial-facial surgeries. Six-months later, joining a follow-up visit to the Soviet Union by the American medical team allowed for photography in Moscow, Leningrad, then a trip to Kungur, Russia for the final photography on Svetlana and Natasha. The Neonatal ICU project, and Natasha’s story were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Photography.
A commission by the University of Arizona Health Science Center & Medical College “Who We Are Now” is also presented in this portfolio. For six-months total access was granted which allowed for photography produced in emergency medicine, heart surgeries, college classes as well as community outreach. This intimate and inclusive grouping of photographs will give some idea what happens in Emergency Department settings, even today. A selection of photographs is on permanent display at the College of Medicine. As I await access to document the hard work and fight against COVID-19 I wanted to take a moment to recognize all the health professionals and support staff of the hospitals that have allowed my cameras in to show the human moments of health care. Without them, none of these captured moments would be possible. I encourage you to check back for COVID-19 documentation at a later date. Stay safe. Joe Patronite Tucson, Arizona April 2020
Neonatal intensive care unit nurse Janice Williams vents frustration on problem intubating pre-mature child. NICU University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital. Tucson, Arizona,USA.
Premature infant seemingly covering eyes. University of Arizona Health Science Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tucson, AZ. USA.
Besides physical care giving, nurses on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) often show tenderness. University of Arizona Health Science Center NICU. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Nurses on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) display emotions with a child patient. University of Arizona Health Science Center NICU. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Nurse kisses child burn victim. Burn ICU, St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson, Arizona USA.
Bare necessity, surgeon from the United States & assisting nurse scrub in improvised conditions of a Moscow, Russia hospital. The medical team from the US had come to The Soviet Union to perform surgeries with counterparts fro the Soviet Medical System.
Svetlana cuddling daughter pre-operation. Natasha from Russian Siberia was one of a handful of children brought to USA & Dallas Texas to have cranio-facial surgery performed. Medical City Dallas Hospital. Texas, USA.
Surgery, the first of ten-hours of cranial-facial surgery. Medical City Dallas Hospital. Texas, USA.
Svetlana's first emotion on seeing daughter Natasha in recovery room, post-operation. Medical City Dallas Hospital. Texas, USA.
Mirroring Michelangelo's Pietà, Svetlana helps Natasha with exercise 6-months after surgeries on her face/cranial area. Kungur, Russia.
The hand of Pediatric Surgeon Andreas Theodorou touches a premature infant prior to heart surgery. University of Arizona Health Science Center PICU. Tucson, AZ. USA.
A pioneer in heart transplant surgery, Dr. Jack Copeland waits as his team prepares a child for open heart surgery. University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital. Tucson, AZ. USA.
Isaiah resting after compeletion of open heart surgery. Neonatal ICU, University of Arizona Healh Science Hospital. Tucson, AZ, USA.
First year Medical Students at University of Arizona Medical College have a light moment in anatomy class. Tucson, AZ. USA.
Doctors & resident physicians at monthly free clinic held in Nogales, Arizona for Immigrant & Mexican national children. The program is now in its second decade.
Chemotherapy, Tucson, AZ. 2010.
Resident doctor O'Brien & other staff await incoming patient. University of Arizona Health Science Hospital ER. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Dr. Yee at University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital Truama center with gunshot victim.
Doctors, residents & nursing staff can sometime present a juxtaposition in the ER, here an exhange of jokes while working oxygen to a trauma patient. University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital. Tucson, AZ. USA.
Members of the University of Arizona Medical Truama center working on vehicular accident victim.
Dr. Sam Keim (center/foreground left) Department head of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Science Hospital & his team work on man thrown from vehicle in accident. The team worked on this individual for a prolonged time in ER stabalizing before he was tranfered to ICU, where he made a full recovery. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Medical team stabalize patient with severe eye injury & facial/head trauma.University of Arizona Health Science Center ER. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Critical first moments as a gunshot victim is triaged in Emergency Truama center, University of Arizona Health Science Hospital. Tucson, AZ, USA.
Intricate & coordinated actions happening on patient in Trauma Center. University of Ariona Health Science Hospital. Tucson, AZ. USA.
Physician removes mask after patient (gurney) is lost. Gunshot victim. University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital Trauma unit.
Chief resident Yang on phone after trauma team completed stabalizing patient. University of Arizona Health Science Center Hospital trauma unit. Tucson, AZ. USA.