Dean of the IU School of Medicine makes inaugural trip to Kenya
Last week the Indiana University School of Medicine Dean, Jay Hess, MD, and the Chair of the Department of Medicine, Mark Geraci, MD, returned after their inaugural trip to Eldoret, Kenya, to see firsthand the global reach of the IU School of Medicine and the impact that the school has had on the lives of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The Chair of the Department of Surgery, Gary Dunnington, MD, the Director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, Pat Loehrer, MD, and the Director of the IU Center for Global Health, Robert Einterz, MD, also accompanied Dean Hess and Dr. Geraci.
During the week-long trip, Dean Hess and the IU School of Medicine delegation got an inside look at the AMPATH program. Dean Hess toured the newly opened Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre, the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital, and the Imani Workshops (pictured right wearing a Kenyan kikoy). He rounded on the wards at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital and met with senior leaders of Moi University and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The Dean also traveled to regions outlying Eldoret to go on a home HIV counseling and testing visit and tour one of AMPATH’s outreach clinics. Dean Hess participated in the opening of the Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre and was also one of the guest speakers at a dinner that celebrated the 27-year partnership between IU and Moi, with over 200 Kenyans and North Americans in attendance. Read more about the visit here.