The history of healthcare for the forgotten is highlighted by professionals who inspire their colleagues toward similar service. Some of these individuals are described among the INMED Role Models. INMED is pleased to continue this effective tradition by announcing annual winners of the INMED International Medicine Awards at the Exploring Medical Missions Conferences.
| 2008 INMED INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE AWARD
The INMED International Medicine Award is offered annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to health in developing nations. Candidates for this award have demonstrated uncommon dedication and endurance in pursuit of this cause.
Bruce Steffes, 2008 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient
Bruce Steffes, MD, is CEO of the Pan African
Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), a general surgical training program for African
physicians who intend to practice in Africa. Under his leadership, PAACS has expanded the educational
curriculum, recruited new program directors, and enlarged the work to include six training sites with
twenty-one residents. Prior to assuming the helm of PAACS in 2006, Dr. Steffes served throughout Latin
America, Africa, and Asia as a surgical instructor. He also initiated a children's hospital in Uganda
amid enormous obstacles. Dr. Steffes is the co-author of Handbook for Short-Term Medical Missionaries.
| 2008 INMED HIV LEADERSHIP AWARD
The INMED HIV Leadership Award is offered annually to a person who has made a significant contribution toward the control of HIV in developing nations. Candidates for this award have demonstrated innovation and personal sacrifice throughout their efforts towards this goal.
Anil Cherian, 2008 INMED HIV Leadership Award Recipient
Anil Cherian, MD, MPH, is Director of Community Health and Development for the
Emmanuel Hospital Association in northeastern India.
A pediatrician at Chatarpur Christian Hospital since 1995, Dr. Cherian today oversees 24 community
health centers and 6 HIV/AIDS treatment centers connected with the Emmanuel Hospital Association -
a major indigenous medical mission in India. He is a recognized leader in HIV care and continues to
guide development of an HIV prevention program in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, primarily
focusing on adolescent health education, STD clinics, and whole person care.
| 2008 INMED INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE PRECEPTOR AWARD
The INMED International Medicine Preceptor Award is offered to an individual who has made an important impact in training of the next generation of international medical volunteers. Through their instruction and their role modeling, candidates for this award have demonstrated that indeed every life matters.
Bruce Banwart, 2008 INMED International Medicine Preceptor Award Recipient
Bruce Banwart, MD, is an intensive care specialist at the
Children's Mercy Hospital
in Kansas City and a veteran of medical service in Latin America, Africa, and Asia with
Operation Smile. Dr. Banwart,
a frequent presenter at the Exploring Medical Missions
Conferences, promotes international medical education by leading pediatric residents
on service-learning experiences in developing nations.