I returned from my 6th annual trip as visiting pediatric neurosurgeon to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya this November.
My mentor Dr. Leland Albright and his wife Susan Ferson (the best nurse practicitioner ever) spent many years developing pediatric neurosurgery in Kijabe. Read their amazing blog here.
While every year I am grateful for the privilege of serving in a place that has such need, there were many things that made this visit special:
I spent time with Dr. Albright, who was returning to visit Kijabe for the first time after more than 2 years away.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner, a neurosurgery resident from Baylor College of Medicine, came to Kijabe with us. In 2 weeks, Kathryn took care of a variety of neurosurgery problems that many in North America have only ever seen in textbooks.
We worked alongside pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel Wegoye - a Ugandan-born neurosurgeon (and wonderful father, husband, human being!) whose path has taken him to train with awesome pediatric neurosurgeons including Dr. Ben Warf in Uganda and Dr. Graham Fieggen in South Africa. I know this marks the start of years of friendship and collaboration.
Pediatric Neurosurgery team
Things we are passionate about
my TCH blog post on
- organizing your medical records for doctor's appointments
- Craniosynostosis 101
our patients' moms blog about their family's
- epilepsy surgery journey
- craniosynostosis surgery journey
some of our inspiring patient and family stories in the news:
- epilepsy surgery
- craniofacial surgery
- AVM surgery
Cross-post & links to my posts on other sites
Updates on pediatric cerebrovascular disease in #NeurosurgeryBlog
Comments on health policy, pediatric neurosurgery, and the Affordable Care Act in the #NeurosurgeryBlog
Sharing on the "ask-the-doctor" series on the Children's Craniofacial Association's blog
- helmet FAQs: after endoscopic craniosynostosis surgery
- helmet FAQs: positional plagiocephaly