Meet the Newest Clack & Bassett Fellows

Fellowships are an integral part of the FIENS mission. With our in-country training and international traveling fellowships, we continue to advance neurosurgical education and training in low-and-middle-income countries one fellow at a time.

Thanks to the generosity of the Clack and Bassett families, and the countless sponsors, hosts and hospitals who donate their teaching, their training facilities, their time, their energy and their hearts, we continue to grow our alumni fellowship community and we continue to hear stories of development and growth in our over 16+ supported countries.

Below you will see our current and past Bassett and Clack fellows. Stay tuned for stories about their fellowship experiences and their plans to build neurosurgical access in their home countries


Bassett Fellowship

The Bassett Fellowship began in 2014 when Mr. Bassett joined FIENS as a community board member. Mr. Bassett’s motivation behind the fellowship stemmed from his belief that all patients throughout the world should have access to first-rate neurosurgery care and that the best way to accomplish that was through first-rate training for neurosurgeons in developing countries. Since its inception, the fellowship has enabled over 20 neurosurgeons in 12 different countries to participate in three month training periods in North America.


Current Bassett Awardees 2021-2022
Dr. Cheruiyot Davies (Kenya)
Sponsor: Dr. Michael Chicoine
Hospital: Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Peh Huey Low (Malaysia)
Sponsor: Dr. Michael Levy
Hospital: Rady Children’s Hospital

Dr. Amer Alomari (Jordan)
Sponsor: Professor Luciano Mastronardi
Hospital: San Filippo Neri Hospital, Italy



Clack Family Fellowship
The FIENS/Clack Family Fellowship supports two trainees in developing countries to finish their neurosurgical training in their home country. The fellowship was started by the Clack family in 2019 to advance the lives of the sometimes forgotten minority. As parents of a disabled child, their vision was to create a foundation that supported and advocated for those that may be left behind. The Clack’s foundation supports research for various diseases, activity center development, funding for service dogs for people with various disabilities, and funding for neurosurgical education. To date, the FIENS/Clack Family Fellowship has supported 6 neurosurgeons in completing their neurosurgical training in South Africa, Uganda, Abidjan- Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya.

Current Clack Family Awardees 2019-2022
Dr Manyando LUBASI (Zambia)
Sponsor: Dr. Graham Fieggen
Hospital: University of Capetown

Dr Martin Kiriinya (Kenya)
Sponsor: Dr. Graham Fieggen
Hospital: University of Capetown

Dr. Ehanga Idi Marcel (Uganda)
Sponsor: Dr. Jombwe Josephat
Hospital: Mulago National Referral Hospital

Dr. Christelle Nathalie Ghomsi Momdjo (Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire)
Sponsor: Professor Médard Kakou
Hospital: Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Dr. Benson Maina (Kenya)
Sponsor: Dr. Mahmood Qureshi
Hospital: Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

Past Bassett Fellowship Awardees

2021
Dr. Adnan Qasim (Pakistan)
Sponsor: Dr. Mustafa Baskaya
Hospital: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Lekuya Monka Herve (Uganda)
Sponsors: Dr. Alexander Evins, Dr. Roger Härtl, Dr. Antonio Bernardo
Hospital: Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Peter Mushenya (Zambia)
Sponsors: Dr. Demo Dugoni, Dr. Barbara Cappelletto
Hospital: Hospital Santa Maria della Misericordia in Udine and Careggi University Hospital


2020
Dr. Kashif Mughal (Ahmed) (Pakistan)
Sponsor: Dr. Theodore Schwartz
Hospital: Weill Cornell Medicine


2019
Dr. Nang Saw Myat Hnin Aye (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Su Myat Mo (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Adefisayo Ayoade Adekanmbi (Nigeria)
Sponsor: Dr. Mustafa Baskaya
Hospital: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Ahmed Hussein (Egypt)
Sponsor: Dr. Amgad Hanna
Hospital: University of Wisconsin


2018
Dr. Sein Win (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Aung Thurein Win (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital


2017
Dr. Alex Muhindo (Uganda)
Hospital: Duke University

Dr. Ignatius Enese (Cameroon)
Sponsor: Dr. Robert Dempesy
Hospital: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Nalwanga Juliet Sekobunga (Uganda)
Sponsor: Dr. Robert Dempesy
Hospital: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Aung Thu Soe Myint (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Myat Naing Tun (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital


2016
Dr. Thar San (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Pyie Win Htut (Myanmar)
Sponsor: Dr. Jack Rock
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital