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Whether documenting a risky hours-long surgery in Pittsburgh, getting up close to radioactive-resistant fungus in a NASA lab, or capturing an exhausting day in the life of a pediatrician caring for Zika-affected babies in Brazil, STAT’s contributing photographers have been a critical part of our editorial team in 2016.

During the last year, STAT has covered stories from as close as Boston’s Longwood medical district to as far away as Tahiti. The pictures below are the photographic highlights of our first full year of publication.

Phillips - surgery
Stephen Phillips is prepped for a controversial surgery in Pittsburgh, Penn. Phillips spent five months desperately trying to arrange the surgery in the hope that it would beat back his rare appendix cancer. Stephanie Strasburg for STAT
Space fungus
Chernobyl fungi sent to the International Space Station are grown in lab dishes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Researchers hope the samples will inspire new drugs to protect people from radiation. Jenna Schoenefeld for STAT
Rio sanitation
Two girls hunt for baby crabs that grow along the trash- and sewage-filled shoreline of Tubiacanga, a fishing community on the shores of Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For many Brazilians, filthy waterways are part of daily life. And it’s making them sick. Lianne Milton for STAT
Justin Laycock
Justin Laycock, 23, listens during his sentencing hearing at Lucas County Common Pleas Court in Toledo. Laycock was found guilty of manslaughter as part of a plea deal after his best friend died of a fentanyl overdose. Laura Mcdermott for STAT
Appalachia Ohio
A shuttered building along the roadside in the Appalachian region of Ohio. As deaths from cancer have steadily declined across much of the country, Appalachia remains an outlier. Stephanie Strasburg for STAT
Tahiti Mosquitoes
Mosquito pupae at the Institut Louis Malardé in Tahiti, where scientists are studying how to fight mosquitoes and the diseases they spread, including Zika. Gregory Boissy for STAT
Marion, Alabama
Melvin and Tynarmia Miller, owners of Melvin Miller funeral home in Marion, Ala., where a tuberculosis outbreak occurred this year. The Millers said tuberculosis as a cause of death was rarely discussed among their clients. Caleb Chancey for STAT
Hand Transplant
WIll Lautzenheiser leaves his physical therapy appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after receiving prosthetic legs and a double hand transplant. Aram Boghosian/The Boston Globe
Paula Skelley -- End of Life -- children
Paula Skelley stands at her daughter Lydia’s gravesite bench in Portsmouth, N.H. When Lydia was sick with terminal cancer, Skelley said their open acknowledgement of death served as a way for them to ease each other’s pain. Kayana Szymczak for STAT
Ali Khodadoust
Dr. Ali Khodadoust, an ophthalmologist in Connecticut, earned a place in medical history after having 100 million viruses placed inside his chest to battle an infection. Steven G. Smith for STAT
Athena Fenstermacher
Athena Fenstermacher, 18, about a month before her gender confirmation surgery. Researchers leading the first NIH grant for research on transgender youth hope that data will show the benefit of earlier intervention. Melissa Lyttle for STAT
Dr. Neal Kassel
Dr. Neal Kassel in Charlottesville, Va. Kassell has been promoting the obscure medical technique of focused ultrasound for a decade. Matt Eich for STAT
Dwane Foreman
Dwane Foreman, 68, rests in his car in East Oakland, Calif. in January 2016. Foreman, who was terminally ill at the time of the photo, slept in his car most nights. He died in October. Alissa Ambrose/STAT
Boston Children's -- education
Elaine Klingensmith, a teacher with Education Inc., tutors Christiana Silva, 6, while a nurse adjusts her IV at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kayana Szymczak for STAT
Dr Kia Washington
Dr. Kia Washington in her lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Washington heads a team of Pittsburgh transplant surgeons aiming to use donor eyes to restore sight in people who have suffered traumatic eye injuries. Jeff Swensen for STAT
Ohio Trump health
Paul Hall mans the Republican Party booth at the Brown County Fair in Georgetown, Ohio. Hall, the chairman of the county’s criminal task force, didn’t think either presidential candidate would solve the area’s heroin epidemic. Andrew Spear for STAT
Kissing Bugs
Citizen scientist Hugh Brown cools off by skinny-dipping in the pond near his Texas home. Brown contributes to infectious disease research by collecting kissing bugs on his property. Some of these bugs carry the parasite that causes the deadly Chagas disease. Ilana Panich-Linsman for STAT
Dr. Regina Coeli
Dr. Regina Coeli, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Oswaldo Cruz University Hospital in Recife, Brazil, examines a baby who was born with Zika-related microcephaly. Lianne Milton for STAT
Hope For New Hampshire
Kelly Riley, the supervisor at Hope for NH Recovery, offers support to a young man who was brought to the center after he was treated for a heroin overdose earlier that day. John Happel for STAT
Cigar regulation
Salesman Charles Normand lights a cigar at L.J. Peretti Co. tobacco shop in Boston. Cigars may soon be regulated. Kayana Szymczak for STAT
Dr. David Casavant
Dr. David Casavant and respiratory therapist Lauren Perlman conduct a check up with D.J. Younge, 5, during a home visit in Taunton, Mass. A team from Boston Children’s Hospital makes house calls to care for the growing number of children who breathe with ventilators. Kayana Szymczak for STAT
Alma Baltazar -- Medicaid enrollment
Alma Baltazar, shown at her Dallas home with four of her eight children, mentors families through the Medicaid enrollment process. Kim Leeson for STAT
  • Wonderful photos. I would have liked to see some related to the public health crisis around Gun Violence in the USA (and around the world). Guns are a public health crisis. Also, the public health crisis created by Climate Change.

    • I would like to see some public health photos of the real problem with healthcare. It isn’t guns and it certainly isn’t climate change. It is lazy, slovenly people who, smoke, drink, do drugs, eat too much, move too little and expect top-notch healthcare to be provided to them when needed. Worse yet, they instill the same lethargy in their children. End of story and maybe end of civilization. Wake-up and demand changes if you are going to pay for their healthcare.

    • not worried about guns, knives or whatever, so much as criminals on our streets. We need to adopt laws like in Europe or Australia where warrants are easier, searches of people on the streets are easier, and conviction more certain. Civilian guns are used more to stop crimes (millions of times per year) than to commit them.

      All this ban and confiscate guns by the gun ban lobby is not going to fly

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