Anil Menon, M.D.'s blog

Kathmandu Cargo on Tarmac

Chasing Earthquakes

July 04, 2015

10 minutes after landing in Bagdogra, Anna (my fiance) and I found the airport to be gently swaying, moving side to side, almost peacefully, so it didn't raise panic immediately.  We had just arrived 10 minutes earlier and climbed to the second floor of the airport, awaiting our friends and ready to exit.  At first I thought the swaying was because of the wind, blowing the structure, or maybe from the jets of a departing plane.  

It didn't matter that I had never felt an airport swing before because my mind was not fully focused on the movement.  Only after...

Orlan Space suit

Politics and People

April 06, 2014

I've been working with Russians over the past year and the most difficulty I have had with the experience is learning the Russian language.  Though I have spent much of my life studying and should be able to learn effectively at this point; I honestly don't think I have ever encountered anything as hard as learning Russian.  Every other aspect has been much easier - living outside of Moscow, working with the space program for several months, I have had the pleasure of working with many Russians on a daily basis.  Our relationships began before the recent crisis (and their...

Medicine in Guatemala

Remote Medicine

February 06, 2014

One of the wonderful things about practicing medicine in the Military is that it allows us to put a good foot forward into other countries and show a better side of us. I worked in the Air National Guard for several years treating pilots in Oregon, which I loved doing, but I also had the opportunity to practice medicine in Guatemala and Haiti through the military.  In Guatemala we traveled to remote locations by bus in sweltering heat, in our uniforms, to set up clinics where none existed, and staff them...

Star City

November 22, 2013

This marks my first blog on the VG website.  I have done some travel blogging in the past for Healthline 2006-2010 about emergency medicine and wilderness medicine experiences ( and about Haiti after the Jan 2010 earthquake where I initially worked (