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The SEA/HVO Traveling Fellowships – an Update

Thursday, June 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jo Davies MB BS, FRCA
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We had a very good applicant season for the 2018/19 SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowships and received 34 applications for the general pool and 4 applications for the new Henry Ford scholarship. The Chair of Henry Ford Hospital has announced a fully funded Fellowship that will fund one resident from their program every year to receive a SEA-HVO fellowship. Due to the kindness of our donors, we were able to award nine other SEA/HVO Fellowships this year. The successful residents are as follows:

  • Samuel Percy,  MD – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle WA
    • Harry M Zutz Memorial Fellowship
  • Praba Boominathan, MD – Yale University, New Haven, CT
    • Ronald L. Katz Memorial Fellowship
  • Cara Ann Iorianni, MD – Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA
    • Gary Loyd Fellowship
  • Onyechi Megafu, MBBS – Drexel University College of Medicine, PA
    • Christopher & Rebecca Dobson Fellowship
  • Michael Do, MD, MBA – University of California, San Francisco, CA
    • Lisa Feintech Fellowship
  • Brenton Alexander, MD – University of California, San Diego
    • SEA Fellowship
  • Hassan Aboumerhi, MD University of Chicago
    • Christopher & Rebecca Dobson Fellowship
  • David Rudnick, MD – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
    • Jo Davies & Lena Dohlman Fellowship
  • Andrew Rivera-Hober, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY
    • SEA Fellowship
  • Jose Navas-Blanco, MD – Henry Ford, Detroit
    • Gaylord Alexander International Relief Fellowship

With incredible generosity, Dr. Lena Dohlman has announced a 2 for 1 matching donation up to a maximum of $50,000 for donations to the SEA-HVO traveling fellowship fund from SEA members. This will enable us to potentially fund an additional Fellowship each year for many years to come. A special “thank you” to Lena.

After nearly 20 years of sending SEA/HVO Fellows overseas to teach in developing countries, we thought it would be useful to follow up with them to find out if they are still involved with Global Health activities, and what type of practice they are in. To this end, we have put together a spreadsheet of all the previous Fellows (more than 100) and are in the process gathering information, which we will share with the Society as soon as possible.

It’s always good to have positive feedback. Here is an email from one of last year’s Fellows who received the FAER Fellowship, and has published his research carried out during his time in Ghana:

“Relationships formed during the fellowship also led to the development of a resident exchange program between KUMC and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, as well as the implementation of a regional anesthesia curriculum at KATH led by Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.” Mark Brouillette 2017

Below is an enthusiastic email from a Fellow who recently returned from Malawi:

“I honestly thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I was so invested in my students’ success that it pushed me and motivated me to do as much as I could in such a little time (the month flew by too quickly). I never considered teaching as a potential career path before, but this experience has made that a strong consideration for me, especially as it pertains to the realms of global health and education.” Jude Divers 2018

These two brief snippets hopefully motivate everyone reading this article to either get involved themselves or donate to these Fellowships to give more residents the opportunity to have such experiences. It may seem trite to say that these experiences are life changing, but I truly believe they are for most of our Fellows.


Jude Divers in Blantyre, Malawi, with the trainee anesthesia clinical officers and Cyril Goddia, Head Anesthesia Clinical officer.


The SEA is proud to be a member-driven organization, dedicated to the teaching and development of future anesthesiologists, and to the advancement of those who educate them.

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