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Film depicts Dr. Nichols’ dedication to Tangier Island

DVD copies of the 30-minute film can be obtained with a donation of $15 or more to the Tangier Island Health Foundation

This video is an excerpt from the 30-minute documentary “Tangier Medicine: The Island Doctor.” The film provides a glimpse into an isolated community of Chesapeake Bay watermen through the eyes of Dr. David Nichols, who flies in weekly to care for them.

The following description was taken from the back sleeve of the DVD. “In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay lies a remote fishing community called Tangier Island. Home to about 500 residents (in 2010), the island’s population does not support a full-time physician. Many of the islanders rely on one man for the their healthcare, Dr. David Nichols. He has been caring for the people of Tangier for over 30 years, making weekly trips from the mainland by helicopter, airplane, or boat.

“This is the story of one man’s determination to make a difference in an isolated community that struggles with access to healthcare. Tangier Medicine is a heartwarming portrait of a place and people unlike anywhere you’ve ever seen!  (31:14 minutes runing time)”

imageMake a donation to the Tangier Island Health Foundation of $15 or more, and you’ll receive a free DVD by mail. Call 804-543-2687 for more information and to place an order. Checks or money orders should be made payable to “Tangier Island Health Foundation” and mailed directly to the foundation at P.O. Box 788 in Irvington, VA, 22480. The foundation’s phone number is 804-438-6600.

“Tangier Medicine: The Island Doctor” is a 30-minute documentary film by Michael Kucera, which he produced for his senior film project at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.  Kucera holds a BFA in Photography & Film from VCU’s School of the Arts.  He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 804-543-2687.

Related articles and videos:
Tangier clinic dedicated in honor of Dr. Nichols (videos)
Dr. David Nichols: A legacy of love & compassion (videos)
All aboard for Tangier Island (slide show)

posted 09.01.2010

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