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

The 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

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.

Head Injury Guide

Professor Tony Magana has created a head injury management guideline for Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia. 

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

Finely Controlled Hypotension during Brain Surgery in Ethiopia (Thu, 22 Aug 2019)
At Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, the university medical center for Mekelle University in Ethiopia, our experience with finely controlled hypotension during brain surgery for both adults and children has reduced the need for blood transfusion by half.  In many underdeveloped African countries the surgical treatment of brain tumors is often very late in the course … Continue reading "Finely Controlled Hypotension during Brain Surgery in Ethiopia" The post Finely Controlled Hypotension during Brain Surgery in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Food and Salt Fortification to Prevent Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia (Tue, 20 Aug 2019)
A joint study by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Nutrition (School of Public Health) of Mekelle University and the Department of Epidemiology of Emory University has concluded that thousands of newborn deaths and lifelong disability from neural tube defects could be prevented by fortifying food and possibly salt with folic acid to significantly reduce the … Continue reading "Food and Salt Fortification to Prevent Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia" The post Food and Salt Fortification to Prevent Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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The Need for Physician-Scientists in Ethiopia (Sun, 18 Aug 2019)
Ethiopia is now at a point where non-communicable disease is overtaking the classic major infectious and malnutrition disorders which dominated the major morbidity and mortality for the country. Now more than ever with scant resources and unique cultural situations there is a need for effective clinically related medical research at the top universities in Ethiopia.  … Continue reading "The Need for Physician-Scientists in Ethiopia" The post The Need for Physician-Scientists in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Neurosurgery Department of Mekelle University, School of Medicine, Annual Report July 2019 (Mon, 29 Jul 2019)
  Neurosurgery began to function as a unit in September 2015 with addition of a full time senior neurosurgeon. The Department of Neurosurgery officially separated from being a unit in the Department of Surgery in January of 2018 to become its own department in the School of Medicine. The Department will perform more than 1000 … Continue reading "Neurosurgery Department of Mekelle University, School of Medicine, Annual Report July 2019" The post Neurosurgery Department of Mekelle University, School of Medicine, Annual Report July 2019 appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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New Recommended Action Plan for Prevention of Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia (Tue, 28 May 2019)
Over the past year in response to the Mekelle University Multidisciplinary Research team publications on neural tube defects in Tigray we have been interacting with the Ministry of Health, Maternal and Child, and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. Two months ago Dr. Afework Mulugeta and myself as well as invited international experts gave a scientific … Continue reading "New Recommended Action Plan for Prevention of Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia" The post New Recommended Action Plan for Prevention of Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Difficulties in Preventing Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia (Mon, 20 Aug 2018)
The Mekelle University Multidisciplinary Research Group for Neural Tube Defects has just published its first research paper in Brain & Development Journal July 2018, “Maternal Risk Factors Associated with Neural Tube Defects in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia”. This being the first major prospective study done on neural tube defects in Ethiopia confirmed our worst … Continue reading "Difficulties in Preventing Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia" The post Difficulties in Preventing Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Interpersonal Violence and Head Injury in Tigray:Public Health Issue (Tue, 03 Jul 2018)
The head injury problem especially that due to interpersonal violence in Tigray is a growing and significant problem which requires a public health approach. Research published by Fasika et al showed that 24.8% of head injury admissions came from interpersonal violence from 2011 to 2014 which was before neurosurgery was permanently established at Ayder Comprehensive … Continue reading "Interpersonal Violence and Head Injury in Tigray:Public Health Issue" The post Interpersonal Violence and Head Injury in Tigray:Public Health Issue appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Research:Neural Tube Defects in Tigray Ethiopia (Mon, 02 Jul 2018)
Recent research we have done at Mekelle University soon to be published has confirmed that there is a high rate of neural tube defects affecting the brain and spinal cord in Tigray. Experience suggests this is also the case in other parts of Ethiopia as well. At least 131 out of every 10,000 births is … Continue reading "Research:Neural Tube Defects in Tigray Ethiopia" The post Research:Neural Tube Defects in Tigray Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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