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Lesson 9 – WHO Safe Surgery Guidelines for Resource-Poor Settings

Lesson 9 – WHO Safe Surgery Guidelines for Resource-Poor Settings

Presented by Bruce Carl Steffes, MD, and Jefferson McKenney M.D.

Dr. Bruce Steffes

Dr. Jeff McKenney

Dr. Bruce Steffes is a surgeon with 20 years’ experience in mission medicine. He spent 11 years in leadership of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, 16 years in post-graduate medicine  and remains active in development of curriculum and testing for PAACS and the College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa. He is the author of “Medical Missions: Get Ready, Get Set, GO!” and “Your Mission: Get Ready, Get Set, GO!”  He also has served 15 years with the CMDA-CMDE commission.

Steffes is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the West African College of Surgeons, the College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa and the International College of Surgeons.  He has been recognized for his work with PAACS with the 2008 International Medicine Award (from the Institute for International Medicine) and induction to the Medical Missions Hall of Fame, located at the University of Toledo in Ohio.  He has also been named the Educator of the Year (2015) by the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. He has been nominated repetitively for the American College of Surgery Humanitarian of the Year award.

Jeff McKenney, MD, FACS is a missionary surgeon.  He is Founder & President of the Cornerstone Foundation, and Asociación Piedra Angular de Houndaras, Founder and Director of Loma de Luz in Balfate Colón, Honduras– a Christian Mission Hospital, Foster Children’s Home, Bilingual School &  associated ministries.

Dr. McKenney received his MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and did his initial surgical training (Internship 1981/82, Medical Dept. Head, USS Cornado, Middle East Force, 1982/83 & Residency 1983-87)  at Balboa Hospital, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego.  He has intentionally and proactively served in, studied and learned from medical mission outreaches in developing nations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and the Caribbean prior to beginning the work of Loma de Luz, on the North Coast of Honduras along with his wife Rosanne in 1991.   Jeff and Rosanne moved with their young family to open this isolated Mission Hospital 18 years ago and have been daily living and working there among the rural poor to the present day.

Dr. McKenney is the author of Angel’s Tears, and The Rainwoman , with two other books underway, each about life for the rural poor and God’s grace @ Loma de Luz, where he will have just left for this conference and will return to afterwards, because our great God is at work there.


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