Ohio neurosurgeon travels to Kenyan hospital as sole neurosurgeon: 5 things to know

Written by Shayna Korol | August 09, 2018 | Print  |

Westerville, Ohio-based OhioHealth Neurological Physicians' neurosurgeon Victor Awuor, DO, performed 23 free surgeries in 10 days during a trip to Kenya, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

1. Dr. Awuor performed the surgeries at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu County, Kenya. The county has a population of 1 million people and no neurosurgeons.

2. He is originally from Kisumu. In 2017, he partnered with four other neurosurgeons from Kisumu to form the Kisumu Neuroscience Initiative, part of the Giving Back to Kenya nonprofit organization.

3. In May, Dr. Awuor performed the first neurosurgery in his hometown. DePuy Synthes, NuVasive and Columbus-based OhioHealth Grant Medical Center donated supplies.

4. Dr. Awuor is trying to recruit other surgeons to volunteer two weeks per year at the hospital, with the goal of getting one surgeon there a month. He hopes to establish a medical school and a neuroscience hospital in Kisumu.

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