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2012 Surgical Humanitarian Award: Russell E. White

Dr. White with a patient.

Russell E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (EASC), has focused his career on improving surgical care in Bomet, Kenya. Since 1997, Dr. White has served as chief of surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital, a 300-bed tertiary referral hospital in Bomet. Dr. White has led Tenwek’s development into the busiest center in Kenya for the treatment of esophageal cancer, the country’s most common malignancy. He recently established a cardiac surgery program to address the high local incidence of rheumatic heart disease. Dr. White was instrumental in establishing Tenwek’s medical education and training programs, including a general surgery residency program he has overseen as program director since 2008. He spearheaded the funding, construction, and improvement of a wide range of facilities at the hospital. Dr. White’s impact is vast; he collaborates on surgical and oncology training programs in Malawi, Zambia, and South Sudan, and he supervises medical students and residents as an associate professor of surgery at Brown University and on staff at Rhode Island Hospital.