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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2011 UNC Project Uganda Team Members.

Team Leader: Keith Kocis, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist: Parvin Dorostkar, MD
Pediatric Critical Care: Jenny Boyd, MD

Pediatric Surgery: Tim Weiner, MD
OR Scrub nurse: Jennifer Ditto, RN PNP

ICU Nursing (6)
Jeannie Koo, RN PNP
John Bryson, RN
Katherine Desrochers, RN
Anna Freeman, RN
Kristi Page, RN
Sue Parish, RN

Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Donna Moro-Sutherland, MD

Respiratory therapists (2)
Sheila White, RRT
Judith Philips, RRT

Mbarara Team (3)
Pediatric Critical Care: Benny Joyner, MD
Family Practice: Thomas Koonce, MD
Pediatric Surgery PNP: Robin Deloach, RN PNP

Global Health Librarian: Mellanye Lackey, MS
PR/Development: Helen Snow, MBA

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