Adey Abate

Executive Director / Ethiopia

Adey Abate serves as the Executive Director at CURE Ethiopia. She was integral in opening the hospital and has been overseeing its operations since the facility’s first surgery in January 2009.

Adey holds a Master’s degree from Seattle University. Before joining CURE and returning to Ethiopia, she was a Cost Management Analyst at Boeing Commercial Airplane, and a subcontract manager on the Missile Defense Program at Boeing Space and Defense, managing several subcontractors.  She then went on to work with Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the largest US federal government contractors, as a Senior Consultant.

Adey is originally from Ethiopia but has lived in the United States in high school, throughout college, and most of her professional life.  She moved back to Ethiopia to serve with CURE in 2007.

Adey enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys the outdoors and sports. She is an avid tennis player and played competitively both in high school and college.  Adey is very grateful for the opportunity to give back to Ethiopia and be part of CURE’s mission to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God.

Yodit Enkossa

Consultant Pediatrician / Ethiopia

Dr. Yodit Enkossa serves as a Consultant Pediatrician at CURE Ethiopia. She received her MD and MPH from Addis Ababa University and Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She joined the CURE Ethiopia team in 2010. Yodit is a married and a mother of three.

Mesfin Etsub

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon / Ethiopia

Dr. Mesfin was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He studied medicine at Addis Ababa University. In July of 2007, he had the opportunity to conduct his five-year Orthopedic Surgery training at CURE Kenya under the COSECA program. Following completion of his training in 2012, in January 2012 he returned to CURE Ethiopia to begin serving as a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon. […]

Dr. Rick Gardner

Chief Medical Officer / Ethiopia, Medical

Rick Gardner serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for CURE International and the Medical Director at CURE Ethiopia. As CMO, Dr. Gardner engages regularly with the Medical Directors of each CURE hospital and is an active participant on the CURE Executive Leadership Team.

He completed his surgical training in the UK and spent his fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, Canada. His first introduction to CURE was in 2009 as a surgical fellow at CURE Malawi. Seeing the burden of childhood disability firsthand in Sub-Saharan Africa and the impact that CURE was having in the country were instrumental in his move to Ethiopia. He has served at CURE Ethiopia since September 2013, both as a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon and as the Medical Director.

Dr. Gardner is married to Anne, a microfinance consultant, and they have three children.

James Layton

Consultant Anesthesiologist / Ethiopia

Beginning in November 2015, James Layton will serve as a pediatric anesthesiologist at CURE Ethiopia. He completed his undergraduate training at Union University where God blessed him immensely in two ways: bringing his wonderful wife, Carlyn, into his life and placing him in a church that taught him to truly value the Word of God. He then went to […]

Tesfaye Mulat

Consultant General Plastic Surgeon / Ethiopia

Dr. Tesfaye Mulat serves as a General Plastic Surgeon Consultant at CURE Ethiopia with a specialty in burn reconstruction. He attended medical school at Addis Ababa University and Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa before completing a fellowship at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. Once complete, he returned to Ethiopia. Tesfaye joined the CURE Ethiopia team as a plastic surgeon in 2015.

Tim Nunn

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon / Ethiopia

Tim Nunn is an orthopedic surgeon who began serving at CURE Ethiopia in the fall of 2014. He trained in Yorkshire and has worked in South Africa and Kenya. He completed fellowships in Sheffield, United Kingdom, where he has been working as a pediatric orthopedic consultant.

Tim completed a one-year course in Biblical and Intercultural Studies […]

Mesfin Taye

Counseling Director / Ethiopia, Spiritual Ministry

Mesfin Taye is the Counseling Director at CURE Ethiopia. Mesfin received his bachelor’s degree in counseling from Evangelical Theological College and his master’s in counseling from Grace Theological College and Vision International University. He joined CURE International in 2007 as a CURE Clubfoot coordinator before being promoted to Counseling Director the following year.

Tewodros Tilahun Zerfu

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon / Ethiopia

Dr. Teddy is an Orthopedic Surgeon working at CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital since January 2013. He conducted his postgraduate Orthopedic training with COSECA in Kijabe, Kenya, and much of his time was spent at CURE Kenya. […]

Laurence Wicks

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon / Ethiopia

Dr. Laurence Wicks serves as an Orthopedic Surgeon Consultant at CURE Ethiopia. He attended medical school in Leicester and completed surgical training in the midlands, both in the UK. His pediatric orthopedic fellowship was at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Laurence has also spent time working in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and has been making annual visits to Ethiopia since 2013 to support training and capacity building in the country.

Laurence is married and has three children. He loves strong coffee, running, and jazz – all of which are abundant in Ethiopia!

Joel Witwer

Lead Storyteller / Ethiopia, Marketing

Joel serves as Lead Storyteller for CURE International. He is currently based in Ethiopia after having previously served at our hospitals in both Zambia (2013 – 2014) and Niger (2016 – 2020). In his own words, he describes his job as “mostly hanging out with kids and taking the occasional photo. Really, I just love these kids and work to translate this love into images and text so CURE donors can fall in love with them as well!”