Mark E. Reeves ’92 and Ryan A. Hayton ’05 visited Malamulo Adventist Hospital in the southeastern African nation of Malawi to celebrate the facility’s first surgery residency program graduates.
Two graduates, Lijalem Taye Garba, MD, of Ethiopia and Constance Ndum, MD, of Cameroon, were honored during the ceremony which marked the latest step for Loma Linda University Health and its parent Seventh-day Adventist Church to develop advanced health care in the region.
Malamulo Adventist Hospital’s surgery program was launched a decade ago by Dr. Hayton, who moved his family to Malamulo in 2010 to serve as a missionary under Loma Linda University’s Deferred Mission Appointment program.
With the help of Dr. Reeves, director of the Loma Linda University Cancer Center, and Carlos Garberoglio, MD, LLU chief of surgery, Dr. Hayton established Malamulo as a surgical training site for LLUH surgery residents to rotate outside the United States and earn credit for their international service time. The department of surgery at LLU provides this two-month rotation to each of their residents as the first internationally approved site of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).