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Dr. Frank Madinda
General Surgeon &
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Dr. Wendy Willmore
General Surgeon &
Co-Director, Surgical Residency Program

Dr. Paul Kisanga
General Surgeon

Dr. Jeffery Kibira
Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Andrew Browning
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Catherine Mung’ong’o
Pediatric Surgery


In January 2014, Arusha Lutheran Medical Center expanded its training programs to include a residency in General Surgery. The 5-year program is a partnership between ALMC, the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa and Selian Lutheran Hospital.

The desire to start a residency program came out of the following realization:  Tanzania is a country of nearly 45 million people with only an estimate 100 general and sub-specialty surgeons, giving it one of the lowest ratios in the region.  Like elsewhere in Africa, surgical diseases such as trauma and cancer are on the rise.  Most church hospitals do not have surgeons.  Therefore, if we wish to effectively bring God’s mercy to the brokenness here in Tanzania, we must begin a surgical residency program.

The program is lead by the co-directors Dr. Frank Madinda, MD MMed(Surg) FCS-ECSA and Dr. Wendy Willmore BSc MD FRCSC, both General Surgeons.  Permanent faculty include Dr. Paul Kisanga  MD MMed(Surg) FCS-ECSA (General Surgery), Dr. Jeffery Kibira MD MMed(Surg) FCS-ECSA (Orthopedics), Dr. Catherine Mung’ong’o MD MMed(Surg) FCS-ECSA (Pediatric Surgery), and Dr. Andrew Browning MBBS, PGDipDM, MRCOG (OB/Gyn-Vesico-vaginal Fistula).  Other permanent faculty are currently in process. The efforts of the permanent faculty are augmented by short-term visiting faculty from around the world.

The program began with two residents, Dr. Emmanuel Lema, and Dr. Yamikani Limbe.  The plan is to add 1 or 2 residents per year (dependent on funding) until we reach a capacity of 10.  Therefore, after 10 years the program will have graduated 10 surgeons.  (Consider that this would be 10% of Tanzania’s current surgical workforce!)

We welcome visiting faculty and residents to join us.  We also welcome your prayers and support as we begin this new venture.

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