Day 9: July 12th, 2016 Overnight we were joined by another group of new team members: Dr. Kerner and her plastic surgery crew, including Dr. Susan Benton (anesthesia) and her surgical tech, Lorna. As it happens, they arrived at a very opportune time, as several of our patients were desperately in need of interventions fromRead More

Day 8: July 11th, 2016 Over the weekend another team arrived to Uganda. This team includes Dr. Paul Holman (neurosurgeon), Dr. Alvina Lone (anesthesiologist),Dr. Johan Lone (internal medicine) and Jordan Talley (student). With the addition of the new team members, the group was refreshed with the new energy and excitement of many bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rookies.Read More

After a relatively productive week, Team One took the opportunity to relax a little over the weekend and have some fun. Michelle was kind enough to lead all of us through a yoga/pilates class on the front lawn both Saturday and Sunday, and luckily no one was attacked by any Marabou storks. These garish-looking birdsRead More

  Quote of the Day: “Two broken arms, a broken ankle and a scoli … what a family”. Sherri’s assessment of a family we met at an impromptu roadside clinic today that was “walking wounded”. Sometimes witnessing the struggles of others put your own in perspective. We are humbled every day by the patients weRead More

Quote of the day from Michelle (and today’s blog post guest author): “If you try to please everyone, you end up not pleasing anyone at all”. First Day of Surgery Alarms woke us early, time for a hearty breakfast that would be needed to sustain a long day on our feet. By 7:30 we wereRead More

Team One: Prologue The Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 kicked off yesterday with a 6-person crew of mostly veteran trip-members, coming from all over the globe to try and do some good for the people of Mbarara. I (Sean), the newbie neurosurgery resident from Houston, am lucky to have the guidance of an otherwise-veteran crew,Read More

Last weekend many of our physicians participated in conferences and meetings around the world, teaching and speaking about advancements in spine surgery. Dr. Richard Guyer and Dr. Isador Lieberman, recently traveled to China for the Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (CAOS) meeting in Beijing. The CAOS serves over 100,000 orthopedic surgeons in China. Dr. GuyerRead More

The season of giving thanks is here again and it means different things to different people. For example, if you have young children in your home, you’ve probably had the opportunity to see some pretty fancy examples of the Pilgrim’s pride – some of those big hats they wore or some Native American headdresses –Read More

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