Congratulations to the two new Clack Family Fellows Dr. Barry Louncény Fatoumata and Dr. Abdisamed Abdi Ali. As the 2022 Clack Family Fellowship awardees, they will receive funds to continue their neurosurgical education in their home countries.
Dr. Barry Louncény Fatoumata is a father of three, and a fourth-year resident attending the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (Senegal) and is working towards receiving his degree in specialized study in neurosurgery. Dr. Fatoumata’s program director, Professor Momar Codé BA describes Dr. Fatoumata as hardworking, ambitious and dynamic. With the support of the fellowship, he is very close to being able to bring his skills in neurosurgery back to his home country, the Republic of Guinea, where there are currently 7 neurosurgeons for 14 million residents.
Dr. Abdisamed Abdi Ali is currently a third-year neurosurgery resident at Adiss Ababa University (Black Lion Hospital) in Ethiopia. Dr. Ali was motivated to train as a neurosurgeon after practicing as a general practitioner in his home country of Somaliland and seeing the loss of life due to the lack of a single neurosurgeon in his training hospital. His program director, Dr. Nebyou Seyoum has confidence that upon his training completion in Ethiopia, he will return to his home country of Somaliland to put his neurosurgical education to work.
We look forward to sharing updates on the progress of these ambitious neurosurgeons who will save the lives of many in the Republic of Guinea and Somaliland and inspire other practitioners to pursue neurosurgical education pathways.