Professor Tony Magana, Academic Neurosurgeon in Ethiopia
Professor Tony Magana, Academic Neurosurgeon in Ethiopia

Professor Tony Magana, M.D. is  Professor in Neurosurgery and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital and Mekelle University School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences,  in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He performs evaluations and surgery for patients with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, spine, and peripheral nerves including brain tumors, brain hemorrhage, head injury, hydrocephalus, congenital disorders involving the skull, spine, or brain, spinal trauma, spinal tumors, infections of the brain and spine, degenerative diseases of the spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) including stenosis, subluxation, and disc herniation. Current research interests include studying the occurrence and contributing factors to spina bifida in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.


He is involved in teaching medical students, post graduate surgical residents, and neurosurgery residents at Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital and Mekelle Hospital. General surgery trainees are trained to perform basic neurosurgical skills in trauma and hydrocephalus which they will carry on in regional and academic Ethiopian facilities after graduation. Neurosurgery residents are trained to practice in Ethiopia and surrounding countries according to standards set by the College of Surgery for South, Central, and East Africa and recommended by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.


A three year Neurosurgical fellowship for fully trained general surgeons is beginning in January 2018. Those who completed at least one year of general surgery may apply for a four year fellowship. Beginning in the Summer of 2018 the Mekelle University Neurosurgery Training Program will begin participating in the national general practioner match for a five year neurosurgery training program..


Additionally he works with university and regional authorities in carrying out health care development for Ethiopia. 


Along with a multidisciplinary team composed of an embryologist, pediatrician, public health PhD's, and obstretic gynecologist from Mekelle University College of Health Science, Professor Tony has participated in the first major prospective studies of neural tubal defects in Ethiopia which revealed high levels of incidence. He serves as an advisor on developing a neuroscience PhD program at Mekelle University.


The Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital commenced rendering its referral and non-referral services in 2008 to the 8 million population in its catchment areas of the Tigray, Afar and Southeastern parts of the Amhara Regional States in Ethiopia. It provides a broad range of medical services to both in and out patients of all age groups. As such, the Hospital can be designated as the most advanced medical facility, by all accounts, in not only the Northern part of the country but in Africa and that it stands as the second largest hospital in the nation. With a total inpatient bed capacity of about 500 beds in four major departments and other specialty units, the Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital is used as the main teaching hospital for the College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University.


Having above 55 specialist physicans in the various areas of medical specializations and fairly adequate numbers of all the other health professionals constituting the health care team, the Hospital is now emerging as a shining hot spot for advanced medical care and treatment in the Northern parts of Ethiopia. With the day-by-day rising patient flow that has already exceed 100,000 per year, the Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital has made remarkable achievements in equipping itself with advanced medical equipments, supplies and facilities over the last four years. The recently commissed imaging equipments such as CT-Scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and cardiac catheterization lab unit heralded the launching of Specialty level service in the hospital, the later being the only of its kind in public facilities in the country.


Professor Tony Magana is a part-time senior consultant in neurological surgery performing private evaluation and surgery for disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves at Saint Gabriel Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 


Frequently patients travel hundreds of miles and across national borders for consultation so that his referral area spans to all of Ethiopia, South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya , East Africa, and the Middle East. Online consultation via text questions, phone consultation, email consultation, and arrangement for transfer to patients to Ethiopia for advanced neurosurgical treatment is provided by Professor Tony Magana.


Doctor Tony attended Texas A&M University and received honors, Suma Cum Laude,  in undergraduate work before attending Harvard Medical School. His neurosurgical training was at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has lectured and performed surgery in many countries apart from the United States including South Korea, Columbia, Sweden, Germany, Mexico, Turkey and most recently at the King Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates before coming to Ethiopia.


He is a member of the Surgical Society of Ethiopia, a Fellow of the College of Surgeons for South, East, and Central Africa, the Ethiopian Neurosurgical Society under the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. 


Professor Tony Magana also serves as a consultant in healthcare and medical related industry development for Intrinsic Consultancy, PLC in Addis Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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