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Our History


The organization was established in 1961

by Dr. Verne Chaney

Dooley Intermed - Through the Years




1961-Dr. Tom Dooley dies from cancer at the age of 34. Medico struggles to stay afloat but after a few months it merges with CARE.

Dr. Dooley at his clinic in Muong Sing 1960


Dr. Tom Dooley visiting a classroom 1960


1961-Dr. Verne Chaney with help from Malcolm Dooley, James Lederer, and others, starts the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation registered in California to carry on the work of Dr. Dooley.

Dr. Tom Dooley and Dr. Verne Chaney

Dr. Tom Dooley and Dr. Verne Chaney 1960


1961-1970-India, Tibetan refugees program; three mobile health units, child welfare assistance; handicraft center (Mussourie)




Dharmsala India Kids


1961-1970- Vietnam, An Lac Orphanage support

An Lac Orphanage SAIGON

1961-1970-Ban Houei Sai, Northwest Laos, fifty bed hospital with surgery, laboratory, river clinics

1961-1975-Medical aid to the Hill Tribes in Laos

1962-AirIntermed; 300 flight attendants from 26 airlines volunteered to assist in remote clinics as part of the AirIntermed program. Volunteers gave up ¼ of their annual salary to do three months of service in SE Asia.

Khokona -LEPROSY COLONY -NEPAL Karen Freytag with Braniff Airlines


AirIntermed reunion, Hawaii 1971


1963-1976-Nepal, in general set up maternal/child care clinics which are basic to good health and were virtually unknown in SE Asia. Laboratories basic diagnosis.

1964-Khong Island-Laos, Khong Island is 70 miles south of Pakse. Early 60’s averted cholera epidemic via attention to early warning signs in villages. Eventually a fifty bed hospital and maternal laboratory, x-ray and child health center, financial, material and technical assistance, para-medic training program, river village clinics.

Dr. Mary Davia- KHONG ISLAND


Dr. Richard Baldwin-Laos -1964



1965-1969-The first national health survey of Nepal, a joint project with the School of Public Health, University of Hawaii, Bishop Museum (Honolulu) and HM Government of Nepal.

1967-Laos; Project Showboat-Two 40- foot houseboats modified as medical clinics with x-ray, laboratory, minor surgery and training facilities providing medical care to Mekong River villages; five 18-foot ambulance boats;movies, music, sanitation, nutrition. One boat, 1 ½ years treated 20,000 people. American doctors, nurses and technicians work with the Lao medical personnel. Stewardesses teach children with puppet shows.

Champassac Laos-70-90 bed hospital and maternal and child health center, staff, financial, material, and technical assistance; complete x-ray facilities, surgical suite, and 2 laboratories; river village clinics. Evacuated 1970.  Pakse (provincial capital of Champassac)   Administrative office;  Provencial Hospital with complete x-ray facilities (mobile x-ray unit) installed in 1969…1971 was very bad in Laos, 1/3 of the 3 million population homeless, disease rampant.

1968-1970-Vientiane; Health survey of the Mekong River villages,joint project with the School of Public Health, University of Hawaii.

1969-1970-Vientiane; Sisavongvong Hospital Laboratory technician training

Med. Tech-LAOS


1970-1974-Thadeus; (near Vientiane)Refugee driven. Medical care and health education for 9000 refugees, major medical assistance, health education and preventive medicine mobile land unit used to reach remote refugee villages.

1970-North Vietnam forces appeared and Dooley had to pull out of Laos.

1970- Introduced Physical Therapy to Nepal.

Physical Therapy Bir Hospital Kathmandu, Nepal

1972-Nepal, began to create Physical Therapy Department at 400-bed Bir Hospital in Kathmandu

1972-Cambodia, refugees in Cambodia, medical assistance

1973-Laos, cease fire allows Dooley Intermed to re-enter country1972-1974-Laos;immunization campaign against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and whooping cough. During 1972, immunization campaign against cholera in MakHeo village on the Mekong River; Dooley Intermed nurse and Lao team members vaccinated 7000 villagers and averted an epidemic.


1972-1975, Cambodia; Phnom Penh, medical and maternal assistance 1972-1973 to camps sheltering refugees streaming in; established medical laboratory for refugees; equipment and supplies to provincial hospitals. Sixteen tons of medicine donated by pharmaceutical firms; Dooley Intermed sent $3000,000 in aid during 1973 alone.

1974-1975-Schistomiasis study on the Mekong River with Smithsonian Institute and Mahidol University, Bangkok

1976-Nepal;Agreement with the Nepal government to proceed with radio telecommunications program with five demonstration villages, radio powered by solar panels, windmills, water wheels.

1978-Nepal, pioneered solar energy to refrigerate vaccines, supply electricity for medical laboratories

1978-Nepal; Introduced video to Nepal for training of patients, villagers, health professionals as recommended by UNICEF and WHO (1978-1980);gov’t took over prematurely) asked to immunize all children under six in the Gorkha District of northern Nepal against Diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, small pox and Tuberculosis.


Nepal, Gorkha District Dooley Intermed Immunization Team 1974


Immunization Team - Gorkha District Nepal 1974


1980-2016 Thailand;  Financial support for a micro enterprise handicraft project supporting an income-generating program for village women who are trained in the weaving and sewing of handicrafts. The marketing was carried out by an exceptional Lao-Thai woman, Vanida Mongkhone, who has been helping refugees and villagers in self-help projects for over 40 years.


At right, Vanida Mongkhone Director of the Handicraft Program, Thailand

Fish Bags

Hand made fish bags










1986-1991- Niger; Buy a Goat, Feed a Kid program. Dooley Intermed purchased hundreds of goats for the children of the 

a7Wodaabe tribe in Niger, providing good nutrition and better health. The “Buy a Goat Feed a Kid” project was a self- help program with the potential of feeding children and their families for years to come as the nanny goats multiply with more kid goats for more kids. 

1986-El Salvador; Sent pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

1986-1991-Honduras/Nicaragua border; Dooley Intermed with Dr. Maria Compte, a physician from Argentina commits herself to 5 years / 7 days a week to help the Miskito and Mayagna people living along the Coco River.

1988- Nicaragua; Equipment and medical supplies-hospital built by “Friends of America” at Rus Rus; run comprehensive health services with training, public health education, limited river outreach.


Dr. Maria Compte in Nicaragua


Mother and baby at the Santa Ines Clinic, Nicaragua


1992- In Kathmandu, training Nepali nurses and midwives in community medicine; students go to village health posts to care and teach.

Nurse and patients-Nepal

DI Nurse trekking to Pokhara to Vaccinate villagers -1973








1994-present day; Nicaragua; moved from Rus Rus to Santa Ines, Waspam. Primary/preventive, training, public health education and river outreach.

New moms and newborns at the Maternal Home in Waspam Nicaragua

1995-Nepal; Continue supporting Nursing school Library at Institute of Medicine in Kathmandu. Donated washer and dryer to surgical unit.

1998-Nicaragua, Propose Lab for Santa Ines Clinic/ Establish maternal/child services – In 2001 complete lab, hire technician.

1997-1998; Laos: Dooley Intermed supporting medical services for landmine victims in Champassac. (eyeglasses, hearing aids, oxygen resuscitation units, surgical instruments, complete dental unit, medical books)


2001-Myanmar; two doctors and two nurses from Rangoon are sent to Kathmandu for two months of advanced training in cataract surgery at a well - recognized and reputable Eye Institute. The program is organized and supervised by UNDP representative in Rangoon with Dooley Intermed providing the support funding for transportation, food and housing.

Dooley Intermed also supplies educational materials and training books and literature in the field of ophthalmology...textbooks ophthalmology journals are mailed monthly to the Chief of Ophthalmology, Dr. Than Aung, at the Eye Institute in Yangon (Rangoon / Myanmar).

In 2002-2003, the following surgical instruments, medications and supplies have been provided:

  • Portable slit lamp                                                                                    
  • Portable A-scan
  • Autoclave sterilizer
  • Zithromax
  • Instruments for corneal graft surgery
  • 10,000 intraocular lenses for the treatment of cataract patients.


2001-2007-Vientiane, Laos; Blindness Prevention and Treatment Program requested Dooley Intermed send surgical instruments, medical eye journals.

Laos Pic 1 Laos pic 3 Laos pic 4

March 2006: Dr. Vithoune at Intermed headquarters consulting with Dr. Compte and Dr. Chaney

2007-2010-Nepal, financial support for an orphanage, “New Youth Development Society” housing approximately fifty orphans, located in northern Nepal, near Kathmandu.


Happy boy receives his first stuffed toy dog!

Happy boy receives his first stuffed toy dog!

Children at the Orphanage in northern Nepal



2010 -Blindness Prevention Program begins in the Mustang region; a cataract surgery and better vision program took place out of a small hospital and clinic located in the remote town of Pokhara, Nepal. Dooley Intermed donated medical equipment and supplies along with treating hundreds of villagers in the surrounding areas for eye and medical problems.

Post-op cataract surgery


2011-present day; Dooley Intermed continues its Blindness Prevention outreach Program in Nepal.

2011-present day; financial support for a newly built orphanage at a new location in the Sankhu Valley, Nepal.

 2013- After 52 years of dedicated service, Dr. Verne Chaney retires. The Board of Directors elects Scott W. Hamilton as President and Program Director.

Thank You!

Gift of Sight Program continues...Dooley Intermed’s spring 2013 gift of sight project to the remote Mustang region of Nepal was a huge success. We not only helped close to 1000 people with severe eye and medical problems we also helped a very grateful Tibetan refugee named Karma .  One of our Doctors with the expedition team, Dr. James Conole MD, identified this man with a suspected and potentially fatal intestinal blockage. In cooperation with the Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastic Institute, we arranged for Karma to be transported to Pokhara for hospital treatment. We are pleased to report that this patient has recovered and is back home with his family.

2014- Dooley Intermed sponsored “Basic Eye Training for Health Professionals” class which was conducted in cooperation with the Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. The two week immersion course provided instruction on all aspects of basic eye care, diagnosis and treatment. The participants are from extremely remote health posts in the Dolpo and other regions of Nepal where eye and vision care are virtually nonexistent. Dooley Intermed has provided all the course funding, study materials, travel expenses as well as meals and lodging for the program.










2015-On April 25th a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal which includes the capital, Kathmandu, and the surrounding areas causing hundreds of fatalities. This disaster has resulted in widespread damage and destruction of buildings, many of which have collapsed. On Mt. Everest the earthquake triggered an avalanche, killing 18 people. 

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Our response was immediate. With an emergency allocation of reserve funds and donations from our loyal supporters, we launched relief programs in 13 village districts, including free medical camps, food and shelter distribution and our unique “Hot Kitchens” providing free meals to villagers whose homes had been destroyed. We managed to obtain and air freight pallets of earthquake proof dome shelters into Nepal via Istanbul (that took some doing!). At the same time our Nepal teams were responding to numerous emergency requests for help from desperate isolated villagers from Kathmandu, Gorkha and even the Khumbu regions. Traversing landslides and rubble filled roadways using 4 wheel drive vehicles and chartered helicopters our Dooley sponsored teams delivered food rations, hundreds of tarps, shelters, food, medicine and vital supplies to people in places that other organizations could not, or would not go.

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Women Health Care Workers Training Program 2019-2020

We are happy to report that the third session of our community health workers training class was successfully completed at Godawari Municipality for 20 health care workers.

Dr. Prashant Raj Bhatt & Dr. Anmol Prasad Shrestha (Both General Physician) and Dr. Bimal Poudel (Sr. Ophthalmologist) conducted the one-week training course.

This training class covered the following topics:

1. Non Communicable Diseases like; Blood Pressure, Diabetes, etc.
2. Eye Care, prevention, and referral.
3. Mental Health
4. Skill development to check blood pressure and fever.

The students expressed their happiness, receiving such an informative week-long training class for the first time.

During the graduation ceremony, the Mayor of Godawari Municipality, Mr. Gajendra Maharjan, expressed his gratitude to Dooley Intermed for providing this very effective and successful health-related training course.

Dooley Intermed is proud to be part of this wonderful program.


2015-present day;  Dooley Intermed International working with Airline Ambassadors revives Dooley Intermed’s AirIntermed program …AirIntermed is a unique opportunity for airline employees to participate in programs devoted to improving health conditions for the people of Nepal. The Airline volunteers will be working at the Eco-Farm Home for Orphaned Children Volunteer Service Program in the Sankkhu–Sharada Village, Nepal in cooperation with Mission Himalaya, Kathmandu

2015- 2016-NepalOur “second phase” of disaster relief has been ongoing; restocking health posts with vital supplies, distributing hundreds of sheets of corrugated roofing, providing food, medical supplies, notebooks and school supplies to 21 local village schools during the torrential rains of the Monsoon season.  









2016-Dooley Intermd sponsors a medical clinic near the orphanage and our Dooley team delivered 3 additional large bags of donated medical supplies.





Dr. Verne Chaney gave up the practice of thoracic surgery in Monterey, California to continue the humanitarian medical aid programs of the legendary Tom Dooley. In order to bring greater international support and cooperation to the Foundation, Dr. Chaney established an affiliated organization, Intermed, in Geneva, Switzerland in 1961 as the affiliated international extension of Dooley-Intermed.

A defining moment in Dr. Chaney’s life occurred in September 1960 when he volunteered for three months to help Tom Dooley in Vietnam and Cambodia to establish surgical procedures, train local health workers and assist in the care of children and villagers displaced by the war.

Dr. Dooley tragically died of cancer in January, 1961 but Dr. Chaney, upon the request of Tom’s brother, Malcolm, left his private practice of chest surgery in Monterey, California to be Medical Director in Asia for Dooley’s organization, MEDICO. MEDICO, unfortunately, folded for lack of funds in September, 1961, but with the support of Tom’s mother, Agnes, and other close friends who had worked with Tom in Southeast Asia, Dr. Chaney decided to re-open the projects, which Tom had started in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and India.  


In 1961, Dr. Chaney established the Dr. Thomas A.  Dooley Foundation to continue providing medical care to the less fortunate around the world. Working from a pay phone in the lobby of the St. Francis hotel, Dr. Chaney solicited the aid of other medical colleagues and friends. By good luck and possibly fate, assistance soon arrived from notables such as the singer, Peggy Lee, Bob Prescott of Flying Tiger Line, Carl Nichols of Cunningham and Walsh Advertising, Ian Smith of Medical Coaches, Sam Pryor of Pan Am, John Hench of Disney Productions, the noted explorer and news journalist, Lowell Thomas, Dr. Bob Worth of the University of Hawaii, authors Eugene Burdick and Bill Lederer, and Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame.

The basic orientation of the organization has always been the caring for the patient.

Simply stated: to treat illness in those who are sick and to prevent illness in those who are well.

The year 2010 represented the 50th year of Dr. Verne Chaney’s personal involvement and dedication to supporting and managing medical care, health education, and training projects to villagers in the less privileged world.

See a video clip with Dr. Chaney




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