A Surgeon in the VillageNPR coverage of A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa by Tony Bartelme and Catharina Hoek-Ellegala. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
A Surgeon in the Village tells the inspiring story of doctors who, through a "train-forward" philosophy, changed the health care of an African nation. The story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue—the shortage of surgeons. "A lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding account of first- and third-world surgeons working together to perform neurosurgery miracles in the heart of Africa." —Tom Brokaw.
Dr. Dilan Ellegala, left, supervises Dr. Emmanuel Nuwas of Tanzania as he inserts a shunt in a baby with hydrocephalus. Ellegala has played a key role in training local doctors, as described in the new book A Surgeon in the Village. Early on, he trained a hospital staffer who wasn't a doctor to do brain surgery.