Category Archives: Surgery

Nurses in White Coats (…and I turned in my thesis)

My project on Angola entered its final phase last week when my partner and I submitted a copy of our thesis to our advisors at the Kennedy School!  The 60-page document, targeted towards policy-makers in Angola, makes a case for training

Nurses in White Coats (…and I turned in my thesis)

My project on Angola entered its final phase last week when my partner and I submitted a copy of our thesis to our advisors at the Kennedy School!  The 60-page document, targeted towards policy-makers in Angola, makes a case for training

To snip or not to snip?

Three times a week, the general surgery team at McCord’s hospital in South Africa would send a few junior doctors to perform circumcisions at a nearby clinic.  The first time I went to the clinic, I was surprised to see

To snip or not to snip?

Three times a week, the general surgery team at McCord’s hospital in South Africa would send a few junior doctors to perform circumcisions at a nearby clinic.  The first time I went to the clinic, I was surprised to see

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 3)

For Paolo, already a nurse and de facto surgeon, continuing education does not mean an MPH or a PhD.  In recent years, he attended night school and last year he finally finished the 10th grade.  Of course, this is not

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 3)

For Paolo, already a nurse and de facto surgeon, continuing education does not mean an MPH or a PhD.  In recent years, he attended night school and last year he finally finished the 10th grade.  Of course, this is not

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 2)

Paolo is a tall mustachioed man who looks a score younger than his 52 years.  In his teens, the realities of the Angolan civil war and the fear of being agarrado (a not-so-nice version of being drafted) kept his family on the

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 2)

Paolo is a tall mustachioed man who looks a score younger than his 52 years.  In his teens, the realities of the Angolan civil war and the fear of being agarrado (a not-so-nice version of being drafted) kept his family on the

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 1)

Two days ago I met Paulo Manuel Mande.  I had the opportunity to watch him fix some fractures, wash out open wounds, and – together – we delivered two healthy baby girls (twins!) by cesarean section.  Working with Paolo was

The Surgeon Who Finished Sixth Grade (part 1)

Two days ago I met Paulo Manuel Mande.  I had the opportunity to watch him fix some fractures, wash out open wounds, and – together – we delivered two healthy baby girls (twins!) by cesarean section.  Working with Paolo was

Next stop… Angola!

Well, there will be some stop overs on the way… in Amsterdam and Johannesburg and Windhoek… but in 40 hours I’ll be there! For those of you who don’t know, I am working on a project looking at surgical care

Next stop… Angola!

Well, there will be some stop overs on the way… in Amsterdam and Johannesburg and Windhoek… but in 40 hours I’ll be there! For those of you who don’t know, I am working on a project looking at surgical care

A New OR in Rural Rajasthan

I recently had the opportunity to revisit a hospital where , three years earlier, I had spent a few months on a research project.

A New OR in Rural Rajasthan

I recently had the opportunity to revisit a hospital where , three years earlier, I had spent a few months on a research project.