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Amsterdam native’s Africa medical work cited

Catena honored in New York for hospital service in Sudan, other areas

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When Amsterdam native Dr. Thomas Catena got off the plane from Sudan, the smell of New York City bus exhaust and cold February air stung his nostrils.

“In Sudan, the air has sort of a sweet smell,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday, “from the earth and the flowers.”

Catena has spent the past 13 years providing medical attention to the poor and sick in war-torn sections of Africa, emerging once every few ...

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