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

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

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

Head Injury Guideline for Northern Ethiopia from Mekelle University Neurosurgery Department (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
    The Department of Neurosurgery at Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital of Mekelle University treats over 1000 significant head injuries every year including performing an average of 2.5 operations per day. All patients should undergo standard multiple trauma resuscitation and assessment by Advanced Trauma Life Support Guideline. Since 2015 the Department of Neurosurgery at Mekelle … Continue reading "Head Injury Guideline for Northern Ethiopia from Mekelle University Neurosurgery Department" The post Head Injury Guideline for Northern Ethiopia from Mekelle University Neurosurgery Department appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Reflections on the Age of Limits in Healthcare Resources (Mon, 23 Sep 2019)
The academic new year at Mekelle University for residents (doctors who have graduated from medical school and now will undertake several years of specialty training) is just a few weeks away. They will transform from the theoretical and observing from the sideline to actually being involved in medical care to improve the quality and longevity … Continue reading "Reflections on the Age of Limits in Healthcare Resources" The post Reflections on the Age of Limits in Healthcare Resources appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Recommendation for Valproic Acid Restricted Use in Ethiopia (Wed, 18 Sep 2019)
Given the already highest incidence of neural tube defects measured globally present in Ethiopia it would seem exceedingly urgent to immediately call for the cessation of use of Valproic acid, which has been shown to cause neural tube defects,  in women of child bearing age in Ethiopia except for special circumstances. History of Valproic Acid … Continue reading "Recommendation for Valproic Acid Restricted Use in Ethiopia" The post Recommendation for Valproic Acid Restricted Use in Ethiopia appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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Should Surgeons other than Neurosurgeons Treat Hydrocephalus in Africa? (Wed, 28 Aug 2019)
Traditionally surgery for hydrocephalus has been performed by neurosurgeons who undergo vigorous neuroscience basic training and supervised surgical experience of at least 5 years in length (longer in developed countries) after medical school. Recently there has been some discussion as to whether in African and other undeveloped countries general surgeons should be taught to perform … Continue reading "Should Surgeons other than Neurosurgeons Treat Hydrocephalus in Africa?" The post Should Surgeons other than Neurosurgeons Treat Hydrocephalus in Africa? appeared first on Professor Tony Magana Neurosurgery Blog.
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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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