Our team includes five internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeons, plus a consultant anaesthetist.
Dr David Burgess came to Malawi from Virginia in the United States, where he has been in private practice for 22 years. He trained in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Medical Center and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. He then served in the United States Air Force in the Philippines and New Hampshire.
Dr Burgess is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He particularly enjoys direct patient care, having developed an interest in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery and joint replacement surgery. Dr Burgess thrives on being involved in caring for children as well as adults at the Beit CURE International Hospital. His experience enhances the team’s approach to care and teaching by physicians, clinical officers, nurses and physiotherapists.
Dr Nicholas Lubega trained at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. As an undergraduate student he won a Commonwealth bursary for an elective to India. After completing his postgraduate orthopaedic studies he joined the Beit CURE International Hospital in 2005. He subsequently completed two fellowships, one of which was a trauma fellowship at the Pretoria Academic Hospital, South Africa.
Dr Lubega is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. He is the co-ordinator of the Malawi National Total Hip and Knee Register, and has a particular interest in the correction of children’s physical disabilities. Dr Lubega also enjoys adult orthopaedic surgery, along with teaching- he is honorary lecturer at the Department of Surgery, the College of Medicine, University of Malawi.
Dr Samuel Maina trained at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. During his training he participated in various medical camps organised by the Kenya Medical Association to help less privileged members of society. His passion for surgery was ignited after working in a mission hospital in rural Kenya. He subsequently joined CURE in 2001, working in our Kenya hospital for three years before starting his postgraduate training at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. During his time at the hospital Dr Maina gained considerate experience of treating children with physical disabilities such as clubfoot and bone abnormalities.
Dr Maina is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. His areas of special interest include children’s orthopaedics, trauma, adult reconstructive surgery and arthroscopy.
Dr Bruerd was born in India to missionary parents. He was educated in the USA. He is married to Yvonne with whom they have two sons, both of whom are involved in full time Christian service. Dr. & Mrs. Bruerd have served as full time missionaries in Ecuador and Sierra Leone.
Dr John Cashman trained at Southampton University in the UK and continued with his specialist surgical training in the South of England. He went on to win the National Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics in Sheffield, UK and continued his specialist training in trauma and limb reconstruction with further fellowships in the USA and Russia. After five years as a teaching hospital consultant at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, he joined CURE in 2007. Dr Cashman’s in-depth experience supports our programme of hip and knee replacement surgery, and adds specialist knowledge to our work in trauma, limb reconstruction, and general adult orthopaedic services.
Dr Linda Chokotho trained at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. After working as a medical officer she joined the Beit CURE International Hospital as a surgical trainee with the College of Surgeons for East, Central and Southern Africa, specialising in orthopaedic surgery.
Dr Chokotho was awarded the Raheem Daewood Gold for best student (among other students from 11 different countries in the region) in her final orthopaedic surgery examinations. She has recently completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Her main area of interest is hand surgery, which developed when she did a Fellowship at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.