About UNC Project-Uganda

In 2004, a group of UNC physicians established the Amal Murarka International Pediatric Health Foundation in memory of their colleague, Dr. Amal Murarka, who died unexpectedly in 2003. The foundation sent a medical team to Kampala to establish the country's first pediatric intensive care unit at Mulago Hospital, Makerere University, where Dr. Murarka had previously conducted research. Subsequent work in 2007 and 2008 focused on pediatric cardiac surgery. The foundation not only built a cardiac ICU, but also performed a total of 21 life-saving pediatric cardiac surgeries.

In 2008 the foundation partnered with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases to establish UNC Project-Uganda.


The UNC Project-Uganda was established to support sustainable delivery of compassionate and competent health care to infants, children, and adolescents in Uganda; to improve the medical knowledge of the Ugandan health care workforce through in-country training and a physician exchange program; and to provide advanced medical equipment, medications, and services necessary for the delivery of compassionate and competent pediatric care in Uganda.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our third medical mission to Mulago Hospital, October 4-16 2008

The UNC team returns next month along with our partners from Children's National Medical Center and University of Florida, to continue to advance the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program at Mulago Hospital with the near term goal of self sufficient, sustainable care for Ugandan children with heart disease.

UNC Team
Keith Kocis, MD - team leader and cardiac intensivist
Michael Mill, MD - cardiac surgeon
Benny Joyner, MD - intensive care fellow
Karla Brown, RN, PNP - surgical nurse practitioner
Katherine Desrochers, RN - ICU nurse
Bren Sparling, RN - ICU nurse
Sandra Hawkins, RN - ICU nurse
Jennifer Ditto, RN - OR nurse
Diane Yorke, RN, PhD - clinical education leader
Tiffany Mabe, RRT - respiratory therapist
Guadalupe Haynes, RRT - respiratory therapist
Ruben Bocanegra - cardiac surgery physician assistant
Bill Nicotra - cardiopulmonary perfusionist
Helen Snow, MBA - patient and donor delations

Craig Sable, MD - team leader and cardiologist
Lowell Frank, MD - cardiology fellow
Laura Olivieri, MD - cardiology fellow
Justine Nalubega, RN - cardiology nurse
Ozzie Rivera - biomedical engineer
Lynda Dattilio, RN - ICU nurse
Christa Cato, RN - ICU nurse

Stephanie Lacey, MD - team leader and cardiologist
Eugene Freid, MD - cardiac anesthesiology

Cathy Partyka, MD - neonatologist

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