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Our Doctors

Our team includes five internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeons, plus a consultant anaesthetist. 

Dr David Burgess

Dr Burgess comes to Malawi from Virginia in the US where he has been in private practice for 22 years. He trained in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Medical Center and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. Following training, he served in the US Air Force in the Philippines and in New Hampshire. He especially enjoys direct patient care having developed particular interests in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery, and joint replacement surgery. He is very excited to be involved in the care of both children and adults at the Beit CURE International Hospital. His experience will enhance the team approach to care and teaching by physicians, clinical officers, nurses and physiotherapists. Dr Burgess is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

Dr Nicholas Lubega

Dr Lubega trained at Makerere University, Kampala. After completing his postgraduate orthopaedic training, he joined CURE Malawi in 2005. He subsequently completed two fellowships, one of which was a trauma fellowship at the Pretoria Academic Hospital, South Africa. Dr Lubega is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. His particular clinical interests are surgical correction of children's physical disabilities. He also enjoys adult orthopaedic surgery and is the coordinator of the Malawi National Total Hip and Knee Register. Dr Lubega also enjoys teaching and is an honorary lecturer at the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Malawi.

Dr Samuel Maina

Dr Maina trained as a doctor in the University of Nairobi. During his training he participated in various medical camps organized by the Kenya Medical Association to assist the less privileged members of society. His passion for surgery was ignited after working in a mission hospital in rural Kenya. He subsequently joined CURE International in 2001 where he worked in the Kenya hospital for 3 years before undertaking his postgraduate training at Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda. During his 3 years in the Kenyan hospital, Dr Maina gained a lot of experience in treating children with physical disabilities including clubfeet and bone abnormalities. Dr Maina is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. His areas of interest include children's orthopaedics, trauma, adult reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopy. 

Dr John Cashman

Dr Cashman trained at Southampton University, UK. He continued training in Wessex prior to winning the National Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics in Sheffield, UK. He was also granted international subspecialty training fellowships in Traumatology (USA) and Limb Reconstruction at the Ilizarov Institute (Russia). After 5 years as a teaching hospital consultant in the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, he joined CURE Malawi in October 2007. His wealth of experience deepens the expertise of the team in supporting the programme of hip and knee replacement surgery and adding specialist knowledge in the fields of trauma and limb reconstruction as well as will children's orthopaedics, arthroscopy, and general adult orthopaedic services. 

Dr Linda Chokotho

Dr Chokotho trained at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. After working as a medical officer, she joined CURE Malawi as a surgical trainee with the College of Surgeons for East, Central and Southern Africa, specializing in orthopaedic surgery. She was awarded the Raheem Daewood gold for the best student (among other students from 11 countries in the region) in her final orthopaedic surgery examinations. Dr Chokotho has recently completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Her main area of interest is hand surgery, and she did a fellowship in hand surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town. She is also passionate about injury research, aiming to assist in reducing the burden of trauma in Malawi and to improve the quality of care for trauma patients. 

Dr Roy Miller

Dr Miller trained at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals, London, UK. His anaesthetic training included Addenbroke's Hospital, Cambridge. He then worked for 5 years as a consultant anaesthetist at Colchester Hospital, UK, where he specialized in anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery and ran a pain clinic for patients in long-term pain. Dr Miller joined CURE Malawi in January 2009. He has been working with the strong anaesthetic team already in place to develop the anaesthetic service and runs a pain management clinic.