Carolinas HealthCare System
Summer 2012

Levine Cancer Institute Trains Liberian Physician

Emmanuel Ekyinabah, MD

Emmanuel Ekyinabah, MD, a visiting physician from Liberia, learns from physicians at the Levine Cancer Institute about oncology and hematology. (1:31)

For five weeks this spring, Emmanuel Ekyinabah, MD, an internal medicine physician from Liberia, and a nurse traveled halfway around the world to study cancer treatment and prevention at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. Dr. Ekyinabah trained with an expert team of more than 20 oncologists.

The need is urgent for physicians in Liberia to receive help managing and solving oncology issues. In Liberia, an African nation plagued for years by civil war and disease, healthcare—particularly cancer care—has not yet caught up with the country’s political and social progress. There are very few ways to determine cancer stage diagnosis and there are limited amounts of chemotherapy drugs and no radiation treatment available for patients who are diagnosed with cancer.

This training is the beginning of an ongoing relationship between Levine Cancer Institute, Dr. Ekyinabah and his fellow physicians in Liberia. In fact, it’s an ongoing mission at CHS to conduct international medical outreach.

In addition to supporting Liberia, CHS’s International Medical Outreach Program has for nearly 70 years promoted sustainable healthcare in 24 nations. In 2011 alone, the program hosted and trained 17 international medical personnel in Charlotte and donated $2.5 million worth of medical equipment and materials, including mobile cardiac catheterization laboratories, emergency department equipment and materials and mobile X-ray machines.

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