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Uganda Medical Mission Trip

A KU Medical Center team was sent to Gulu, Uganda to help provide health care to those in most need. Read their story of how they completed 95 successful surgeries in 5 days.

Student in Uganda standing in front of a large globe

In September 2018, Dr. Michael McCartney traveled to Gulu, Uganda, to lead an anesthesia care team, consisting of three CRNAs and a certified anesthesiologist assistant, in successfully performing 95 surgeries in five days. The cases included plastic surgery/burn, ENT, urology and general surgery.

There were no serious complications and no cases of post-operative nausea or vomiting. These patients ranged in age from 17 months to 80+ years. As in other underdeveloped countries, in this region, much of the cooking is done over an open fire, thus making burn injuries a very common problem, especially among children. Most of the local people speak the Acoli language, and only a few speak English.

Dr. McCartney and the anesthesia team were grateful to have the opportunity to expand their outreach by traveling to Uganda to help provide these much needed surgeries.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1034
Kansas City, KS 66160