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Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2014

In the October 2014 edition of Christian Doctor’s Digest, Dr. David Stevens interviews Dr. Randall Owen about witnessing in practice, Dr. Bruce Steffes with an update on the Pan-African Academy of Surgeons and Drs. John Kempen and Scott Lawrence about the Discovery Eye Institute.

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Randall P. Owen, MD, MS, FACS,

Randall P. Owen, MD, MS, FACS,

Randall P. Owen is head and neck surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is originally from Ellensburg, Washington, earned a BA in science and humanities at Seattle Pacific University, and then went to medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He then completed a general surgery residency at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, followed by a head and neck oncologic surgery fellowship. He practiced at Montefiore for nine years then moved to Mt. Sinai more than four years ago. He is the past president of the NYC CMDA chapter and is currently the New York City area representative to the CMDA national House of Representatives. He has been on healthcare mission trips to Gabon, Romania, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines, most recently participating in a housing effort in Haiti after the earthquake.

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Bruce Carl Steffes, MD, MBA, MA, FACS, FWACS, FCS(ECSA), FICS,

Bruce Carl Steffes, MD, MBA, MA, FACS, FWACS, FCS(ECSA), FICS,

Bruce Carl Steffes has been a member of CMDA since 1973, is a member of the CMDA-CMDE Commission and has served as the Executive Director of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) since 2006. As of August 2014, there are presently 57 residents and fellows in training at primary training sites in Gabon, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Egypt, Tanzania and Malawi through PAACS. The ministry is experiencing a period of rapid expansion. He has authored three books on short-term missions, and he has served as a short-term medical missionary in dozens of countries for the last 17 years. Dr. Steffes is a fellow of the American College of Surgeonsthe West African College of Surgeons, the College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa and the International College of Surgeons. He has been recognized for his work with PAACS with the 2008 International Medicine Award (from the Institute for International Medicine) and induction to the Medical Missions Hall of Fame, located at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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John H. Kempen, MD, MPH, MHS, PhD

John H. Kempen, MD, MPH, MHS, PhD

John H. Kempen, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he also serves as Director of the Ocular Inflammation Service and Ophthalmic Epidemiology/International Health. Prior to that, he led the public health ophthalmology program at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kempen is an international leader in NIH-sponsored research with an emphasis on outcomes from treatment of ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases. Through his clinical and research efforts, he has mentored numerous trainees and faculty in their development of clinical and research skills. He has been an active member of CMDA since 1988, helping to lead the medical and allied health ministries at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University. His longstanding interests in international ophthalmology and academic development come together with the Discovery Eye Institute ministry in Ethiopia. Dr. Kempen currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife Lori and their three children, Christopher, Natalie and Peter.

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Scott D. Lawrence, MD

Scott D. Lawrence, MD

Scott D. Lawrence, MD, is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of North Carolina. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical and surgical practice, Dr. Lawrence is actively engaged in residency education and training and is co-director of an academic glaucoma fellowship. He also directs cataract surgery training for residents and fellows in North Carolina at a state-of-the-art surgical training laboratory. His research interests include surgical outcomes in glaucoma patients and the role of gene therapy and nano-medicine in treating eye diseases. Before entering medicine, Dr. Lawrence traveled widely throughout Africa, helping to lead ministry outreaches and serving in relief and development projects. He previously earned a MDiv and ThM with an emphasis in missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and went on to serve as a regional director with CMDA from 1997 to 2001. He was the first recipient of CMDA’s Steury Scholarship. Dr. Lawrence currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Tina and their three children.

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