Dr. Wone Banda – ConnectMed’s Visiting Scholar

Outreach in Tijuana, Mexico
February 11, 2017
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Dr. Wone Banda – ConnectMed’s Visiting Scholar

Since 2014, we have sponsored the ongoing training of Dr. Wone Banda, Malawi’s natively trained plastic surgeon, as a ConnectMed Visiting Scholar. We met Dr. Banda during our outreach trips to Lilongwe. We were struck by her intelligence and professionalism, and her dedication to pediatric care, especially craniofacial and burn issues.

With our support, Dr. Banda has:

  • spent a month long rotation with Dr. Amanda Gosman and the UCSD Division of Plastic Surgery observing reconstructive surgical care at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital (March 2015);
  • obtained a one-year clinical placement at Canniesburn plastic surgery unit in Glasgow (September 2015-November 2016);
  • presented her research on the demographic characteristics of pediatric burns at UCSD Grand Rounds (March 2015) and the ANZBA international burn conference in New Zealand (November 2015);
  • attended the ASPSA Conference in Los Angeles (October 2016)
  • took a specialized microsurgery course in Scotland not available in Malawi (November 2016)
  • underwrote the expenses of her final conference and exam for graduation from COSECA (College of Surgeons, East, Central and Southern Africa ), where she received honors as the most outstanding plastic surgery candidate.

In December of 2016, she returned to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre where she trained. There she is one of 3 plastic surgeons for a population (in southern Malawi) of 6,890,375. She will soon start up the plastic surgery department at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. And in September 2017, she will participate in ConnectMed’s first International Fellowship, rotating with various plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists in Mexico City and Tijuana for 6-9 months.

In addition, ConnectMed has and will continue to help Dr. Banda and the team with which she works resources that the hospitals where she works lack, such as the medical supplies that Riverpoint Medical and Scanlan International generously donated.