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

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Professor Tony Magana and fellow medical staff from Mekelle University visit the H.E.W.O. Hospital in the Quiha Woreda of Mekelle, Ethiopia. It is a possible site for developing pediatric surgical subspecialities.

Professor Tony Magana visits the building site of the new trauma center at Quiha Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Discussions are under way for bringing the Ayder Comprehensive Hospital, Mekelle University, Neurosurgery Department to participate in the trauma center.

About Professor Tony Magana's Work in Ethiopia

Professor Tony Magana has been jointly appointed in Neurosurgery and Faculty and PhD Candidate Advisor in Anatomy and Neuroscience in the Institute of Basic Sciences, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University

Science Magazine, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science published a story about neural tube defects in Ethiopia and cited our research and care of patients.

 

he most recent Annual Report of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia can be found at the blog of Professor Tony Magana

Recent Scientific Publication

Video about Professor Tony in Ethiopia

Dr. Tony Magana You Tube video describes his upbringing in McAllen, Texas, his education and current medical practice in Ethiopia at Ayder Referral Hospital now renamed Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in Mekelle. In the presentation, Tony talks about the problems of underdevelopment and how it affects child development. The presentation was made by Hearts Helping Hands a group largely made up of his classmates at McAllen High School who are supporting his medical development effort at Ayder Referral Hospital. See us at Hearts Helping Hands on Facebook

Neurosurgery Blog

Professor Tony Magana writes a blog about neurosurgery with information for patients and health care professionals useful in understanding treatment decisions and the causes of neurosurgical disorders. 

Announcements

Internet Neurosurgical Consultation

Professor Tony Magana is now performing internet video neurosurgical consultation via St. Gabriel General Hospital in Addis Ababa.

Latest Head Injury Guide 2019

Professor Tony Magana has created a protocol and guideline for treatment of head injury including surgical indications for Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia. 

Professor Tony Magana Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A special neurosurgery, peripheral nerve, and spinal clinic for children and adults is held at Saint Gabriel General Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (located in the Hyaulet neighborhood close to Awararis Hotel) almost every Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Neurosurgery Fellowship at Mekelle University

The Neurosurgical Unit of the Department of Surgery at Mekelle University College of Health Sciences in Mekelle, Ethiopia announces a new three year fellowship in neurosurgery for those already trained in general surgery beginning by February 2018.

Requirements for admission

1.Graduation from a recognized medical school
2.Successful completion of specialty training program and holder of specialty certificate in general surgery
3. Age less than 45 years
4.Adequate physical and corrected visual health to perform neurosurgical procedures
5. Must have a practice development support agreement (sponsorship) for the fellowship

Two candidates will be accepted after preadmission interview and examination

Interested parties should contact Professor Tony Magana phone 0923518559 or email tonymagana1@gmail.com

Mekelle University Research Initiative for Spina Bifida

Professor Tony Magana is part of a multidisciplinary research team from the College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University embarking on the the first prospective study on neural tube defects in Ethiopia which will focus on occurrence and factors such as diet, poverty, location, maternal parity and illness, etc. in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. This will be done in partnership with the Tigray Regional Health Bureau.

Health Articles

Professor Tony Magana writes articles for patient education about issues relating to neurosurgery patients to help them understand their condition and make enlightenend decisions. Patients may read the articles on this web page or directly consult with Doctor Tony Magana through the online consultation page on this website. Topics will include neck pain, low back pain, spina bifida, and hydrocephalus. After reading the article a question may be directly asked via text to Professor Tony Magana on the link in the manner prescribed.

Low Back Pain Guide

Professor Tony Magana has created a Low Back Pain Protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of adults with low back pain not due to immediate trauma for Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital and the Mekelle University College of Health Sciences serving the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia.

 

 

Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog

A birth tragedy in Ethiopia with a moment of grace (Thu, 21 May 2020)
The young couple had been married for a year. Their families had met and had shemaglis (agreements between elders of the families) for a year before the ceremony in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia. The young mother to be was very poor and lived in remote area hours from any clinic so there was no … Continue reading "A birth tragedy in Ethiopia with a moment of grace" The post A birth tragedy in Ethiopia with a moment of grace appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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The Path to Becoming a Neurosurgeon in Ethiopia (Mon, 04 May 2020)
The path to becoming a neurosurgeon in the developing country of Ethiopia  begins in primary education and progresses through a gauntlet of achievement challenges through early adulthood.  Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, the teaching hospital for Mekelle University,  is currently training 16 neurosurgeons for Ethiopia and surrounding countries. As children they often grew up in a … Continue reading "The Path to Becoming a Neurosurgeon in Ethiopia" The post The Path to Becoming a Neurosurgeon in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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The immune response to SARS-CoV-2 can be life-saving or deadly (Tue, 21 Apr 2020)
A fundamental difference in the immunity of men and women is leading to research in how a difference in response of the immune system to SARS-CoV-2 can be life saving or deadly. Even though women contract COVID 19 more often then men in part because women outnumber men in jobs like nursing, teaching, cleaning, etc. … Continue reading "The immune response to SARS-CoV-2 can be life-saving or deadly" The post The immune response to SARS-CoV-2 can be life-saving or deadly appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Polio ravaged New York in 1916 (Wed, 15 Apr 2020)
Almost 100 years ago before the living memory of most Americans another virus called polio ravaged the country. Tens of thousands died or were left with permanent paralysis from polio. New York City suffered the worst epidemic in history in 1916. It was known that a virus caused the illness but nothing else. At this … Continue reading "Polio ravaged New York in 1916" The post Polio ravaged New York in 1916 appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Hydroxychloroquine COVID 19: Misleading poor scientific diligence leads to questions (Thu, 09 Apr 2020)
Failure of researchers to adequately perform their research, of reviewers to scrutinize the research before publication, and of government experts to examine the research in detail facilitates its exploitation for fame and political gain. On March 20, 2020 Raoult et al in a preprint report in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (meaning it had not … Continue reading "Hydroxychloroquine COVID 19: Misleading poor scientific diligence leads to questions" The post Hydroxychloroquine COVID 19: Misleading poor scientific diligence leads to questions appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Neurosurgeon’s Day-Our Connection to the Harvey Cushing Legacy (Wed, 08 Apr 2020)
  Very few times in the history of medicine has one man so dominated the development of a specialty that his birthday is celebrated as the day to recognize the field but that is case in Neurosurgery. The legacy of Harvey Cushing connects Ethiopian neurosurgery to his life’s work. When I entered Harvard Medical School … Continue reading "Neurosurgeon’s Day-Our Connection to the Harvey Cushing Legacy" The post Neurosurgeon’s Day-Our Connection to the Harvey Cushing Legacy appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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COVID 19 To Bring a Medical Ethics Crisis to Ethiopia (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
The probable impending crisis of COVID 19 in the medical resource poor country of Ethiopia will likely bring controversies in medical ethics decision making. When we see New York city hospitals pilling hundreds of bodies in refrigerated trucks and having severe shortages of nurses, doctors, and ventilators in the setting of the one of the … Continue reading "COVID 19 To Bring a Medical Ethics Crisis to Ethiopia" The post COVID 19 To Bring a Medical Ethics Crisis to Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Coronavirus: A Unique Dilemma for Ethiopia (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
  Ethiopia is facing a potential unprecedented crisis from coronavirus and how she responds is complicated by factors in her culture, traditions, geography, economics, and history. In 1963, I was an elementary school child living in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas when I first learned about hurricanes. My father, a neurologist-psychiatrist, told us … Continue reading "Coronavirus: A Unique Dilemma for Ethiopia" The post Coronavirus: A Unique Dilemma for Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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