Our faculty members travel worldwide to share their expertise with patients and colleagues, improving the delivery of health care across the globe.
Holly Muir, MD | Ghana
Under the umbrella of the non-profit organization, Kybele, Dr. Holly Muir and her multidisciplinary team offer their services at Ghanaian hospitals several times a year, creating centers of excellence in maternal care. Dr. Muir’s team work with local colleagues to reduce the incidence of maternal and stillborn deaths while using local resources to help make system changes that produce more efficient patient care. Surplus monitoring equipment from Duke and other institutions have been donated and shipped abroad. An anesthesia nursing school has been established to cater to anesthesia service shortages, introduce anesthesia services within the labor ward and improve patient safety. Dr. Muir and her team have provided vital assistance, training and equipment to the physicians, staff and patients in Ghana.
Joseph Mathew, MD | China
Fuwai Hospital in Beijing, China currently performs over 5,000 cardiovascular surgeries annually. With a
new hospital building underway, they project that figure to rise to over 8,000 patients, making them one of the largest cardiovascular surgical centers in the world. Dr. Joseph Mathew is pioneering a program that will mentor and train talented physicians from Fuwai who will come to Duke with the commitment to return to China. Ultimately, this program was designed with hopes to grow the practice of academic medicine and improve patient care in China. Collaborating with Fuwai to conduct clinical research gives us the opportunity to expand our research and globally impact anesthesia care.
Norbert de Bruijin, MD and Fiona Clements, MD | Zambia, Tanzania
Retired Duke anesthesiologists, Drs. Norbert de Bruijin and Fiona Clements expanded their roles to surgeons
before embarking on a journey to Africa. Since 2006, they have served as missionary physicians in Zambia and Tanzania, Africa, treating patients with conditions such as: osteomyelitis, fractures, burns, contractures,
tumors, club feet, cleft lips, intestinal obstructions, abscesses, peritonitis, appendicitis, intussussception and
Dr. David Macleod | Uganda
Duke anesthesiologists and clinicians of other specialties continue their service in East Africa providing anesthesia, nursing, and neurosurgical efficiency and utilization through training camps and technology. In Uganda, six of Duke’s neurosurgeons work alongside with five neurosurgeons from Mulago National Hospital in Kampala to serve a population of 30 million. Their goal is to determine if an infusion of technology, anesthesiology, neurosurgical and nursing training camps could improve output, utilization and efficiency in Uganda. The team facilitated neurosurgery camps where they trained Ugandan clinicians in the operating room, recovery room, intensive care unit and general patient ward. Duke contributed over 16 tons and over $3 million of medical equipment. After two years of directing training camps, the surgical services, operative cases and elective procedures have increased dramatically, and have equipped Mulago National Hospital to handle more complex cases.