CURE Ethiopia Medical Director Dr. Rick Gardner recently received recognition from the Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse for his contributions to the growth of orthopedic treatment in Ethiopia.
Dr. Rick has served in CURE Ethiopia since 2013, first as an orthopedic surgeon and soon adding the role of Medical Director to his duties. In both positions, Dr. Rick has been instrumental in not only transforming the lives of hundreds of children through surgical treatment but also in the training and development of Ethiopian doctors and orthopedic surgeons through CURE Ethiopia’s residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Rick has played a large role in bringing world-renowned surgeons and medical experts to Ethiopia in order to provide workshops and training for the CURE and Ethiopian medical communities.
In a generous 45 minute meeting, Dr. Lia Tadesse took time to recognize Dr. Rick’s passionate investment in Ethiopian orthopedics and his advocacy for pediatric orthopedics across the country. Dr. Lia Tadesse presented Dr. Rick with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
“Rick has made measurable impact in expanding pediatric orthopedic services and training in Ethiopia. He has advanced the training program at CURE Ethiopia so that
it becomes regional. He was instrumental in the creation of the fellowship program at CURE Ethiopia and has connected CURE Ethiopia with several internationally
known sub-specialists and universities to teach and assist complicated cases.” – Adey Abate, CURE Ethiopia Executive Director
CURE Ethiopia is extremely appreciative of the support and partnership between the hospital and the Ministry of Health in order to provide treatment to children in desperate need.
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.