Dr. Bill McDade
applies skills in Africa, where surgeons are few
...LJPC member Dr. Bill McDade, a semi-retired orthopedic surgeon, has just returned from his third volunteer mission to this impoverished country, where he spent half his time training young OCOs (Orthopedic Clinical Officers) on the basics of "conservative care" before they were assigned to one of many rural district hospitals.His
other time was spent inside these hospitals, working hands-on with the new OCOs. Through his long-standing association with Rotary International (he's been an active member of the Downtown club for 30 years), the local Rotary District raised $180,000 to supply desperately needed orthopedic equipment to the 25 rural hospitals in Malawi.
A recent fund-raising drive, supported by matching funds from the Wheelchair Foundation
, will cover the cost for 2,000 wheelchairs, which will be hand delivered by Dr. McDade
and other Rotarians to specific individuals and hospitals throughout the country on his
next visit in April 2003. Dr. McDade
greatest inspiration has come from the people he's
worked alongside in the Malawi hospitals."I am so deeply moved by these wonderful people of God, who place such a profound, outward emphasis on the spiritual component to healing, aside from what doctors can do on their own.They find reason to profess their faith aloud throughout their workday.And, they do it with great confidence and ease." Bill McDade, an LJPC usher, and his wife Carol, have been members of LJPC for 14 years.Bill had a private practice in San Diego for 30 years and was the Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSD.