IU Kenya Partnership in Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine has enjoyed a more than 20 year relationship with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, as the anchor medical school in a consortium of schools including Duke University, University of Toronto, University of Utah, and Brown University. Dr. and Mrs. Dunnington visited the Kenya program in January 0f 2013 and returned with the challenge of identifying an IU surgeon to serve in a fulltime capacity in this dynamic program with medical students and a general surgery residency. Claire Burgardt, MD, a Chief Resident at the time, stepped forward and volunteered to serve as a general surgeon faculty member at Moi University. She arrived in August of 2013 with her husband Tyler and their one-year-old son Archer and now completes a three-year term engaged in a busy surgical practice, working with the general surgery trainees and teaching in the operating room, the wards Dr. Burgardt Teaching at Moi and clinics, enhancing the quality of instruction for medical students and residents. The presence of a fulltime faculty member at Moi now provides the opportunity for surgical resident rotations, which began in the spring of 2014.
The Department of Surgery had the first fulltime faculty member in Kenya several years ago with the presence of David Matthews, MD, who was responsible for design and construction of the five operating rooms still in use. Dr. Matthews has been invaluable in this program and currently serves as the Director of Global Health in Surgery. He makes 3-4 trips annually to Kenya, including providing on the ground orientation for Dr. Burgardt in the early days of her tenure.
In August of 2016, Connie Keung, MD begins her two-year term as our IU surgery faculty member at Moi replacing Dr. Burgardt. Connie has had a long time interest in Global Health dating back to her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, where she had a major in International Relations. She attended medical school at the Medical School for International Health, Ben-Gurion University in Israel before completing her general surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. Connie begins her term in Kenya with her husband John Humphrey, MD who completed residency in medicine pediatrics and fellowship in infectious disease. They have both had extensive international experience prior to beginning this term. Connie has worked in India, China, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Palestine expanding her experience in Global Health. In addition to her clinical duties at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Connie will help the Department of Surgery launch its clinical research program. The Department of Surgery is pleased that Dr. Keung will be able to carry on the outstanding work done by Dr. Burgardt over the last three years.