The minimally invasive surgical project began in 2016 when two Ethiopian surgeons were invited to St. Joseph's Hospital to learn specialized, minimally invasive techniques on standardized training equipment and a surgical simulator. A team from the University of Toronto then returned to Ethiopia to assist in setting up a program in Addis using their own local equipment. The program includes the opportunity for selected AAU candidates to apply for a2-3 month observership at UofT.
Together, we have performed a number of firsts. In Ethiopia we have performed the first minimally invasive lobectomy (partial lung removal), esophagectomy (esophagus removal) and pneumonectomy (complete lung removal) in Sub-Saharan Africa. We have expanded our project to partner with Credit Valley Hospital to provide a month of continuous educational experience. Our plan is to establish Addis Ababa University as a centre of excellence for Minimally Invasive Surgery which will in turn provide training to the entire East African region.
Program contact person
Dr. Michael Ko