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2009 Resident Volunteer Award - Dr. Awori J. Hayanga

Awori J. Hayanga, MD MPH, of Ann Arbor, MI, receives the inaugural Surgical Volunteerism Award for resident service for his founding role and ongoing work with the Reuben J. Williams (RJW) Foundation. Committed to improving surgical care in resource-poor settings through enhancing surgical education, the RJW Foundation fosters networks of academic medical institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the U.S. The Foundation incorporates curriculum development and research addressing epidemiology, health delivery, policy, and education. A distinguished lecture series annually brings chairs of surgery from prestigious institutions to the University of Nairobi. Currently administrative chief resident at the University of Michigan, Dr. Hayanga will pursue a cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Washington next year. He intends to return to his native Kenya as the first academic general thoracic surgeon in East and Central Africa.