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The Office of Global Health (OGH) invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on issues related to global health and constructive ways to build healthy communities. The lectures will be held twice a month at 12:00 noon CT. Invited guest speakers will share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone is invited to attend. Free lunch will be provided to the first 50 attendees (Lubbock campus only!). Click here for a list of lecture dates, speakers, and topics.

  • Title: Sending Surgeons, Creating Surgeons:
    Capacity Building at Tenwek Hospital
  • Speaker: John W. Fitzwater, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, TTUHSC
  • Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 noon CT
  • Lubbock ACB 150
  • Lectures originating at the Lubbock campus
    will no longer be linked, but they will be
    recorded for viewing on the OGH web site.

Since first visiting Nairobi as a high school student in 1995, Dr. John Fitzwater has been drawn to the people of Kenya. Starting as a medical student, then as a surgeon and public health student, he has continued to serve clinically at Tenwek Hospital in the highlands of western Kenya. Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at TTUHSC with a commitment to ongoing clinical and educational work at Tenwek in pediatric surgery via the PAACS / COSECSA accredited general surgery residency program.

Global medical needs are overwhelming and seemingly impossible to meet. Many give generously of both time and effort to mitigate the burden of disease in low and middle income countries (LMIC), but what is the impact? The goal of this brief presentation is to provide a snapshot of how one organization and one hospital, in one region of one country is striving to meet greater needs across one amazing continent.

To learn more about Dr. Fitzwater’s work in Kenya, please visit the Tenwek Hospital and Samaritan’s Purse websites.

Want to reserve your meal? Bring 2 coloring books to the Office of Global Health (2B410) prior to the day of the lecture and we’ll reserve a meal for you!!!!

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