Who We Are
Mr Enoch Akowuah is a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Clinical Director of the James Cook University Hospital Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has a special interest in valvular heart disease and in particular mitral valve disease and will be ideally placed to be the operating surgeon on this mission supported as the second assistant by Dr Isaac Okyere, or Mr Joel Dunning.
Mr Joel Dunning is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and has been in post at the James Cook
University Hospital since 2012. He has been on a mission to Enugu, Nigeria and is also the founding director of the Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course, a course that teaches post-operative cardiac surgical care to ICU staff worldwide. He brings some of this teaching to Kumasi and also supports the post-operative care of the patients after surgery. In addition, he is an Editor of CTSNet and has been documenting this mission by video in order to promote the good work of the mission and lay the foundation for future trips.
Dr Mike Foley is a Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist from James Cook University Hospital and led the anaesthetic care of the patients intraoperatively in Feb 2019 and also post operatively in the ICU. He is one of our senior anaesthetists with more than 20 years experience in cardiac surgery.
Dr Jan Spegar is a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist from James Cook University. He came on the Feb 2019 mission and led the anaesthetic care of the patients intraoperatively in and also post operatively in the ICU in October 2019. He is from Lithuania.
Dr Min Balcunias is a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist from James Cook University. He came on the October 2019 mission and was key in the intra and post operative care of the patients.
Mr Kim Thompson is a senior perfusionist and partner in Cambridge Perfusion services. He has also held several senior positions within the Society of Clinical perfusionists of Great Britain and Ireland. He leads the management of the cardiopulmonary bypass services.
Dr Nicholas Child is a consultant cardiologist at North Tees Hospital, also working cross site at James Cook Hospital. He has a special interest in imaging and echocardiography. He has been a consultant since 2012 and led the preassessment of all patients in Feb 2019
Dr Shazia Akowuah was present on the Feb 2019 mission. She is a General Practice partner in Middlesbrough and has a special interest in teaching and training. She provided important logistical support and support the well-being and safety of the team members themselves.
Ms Fiona Laugland was a senior sister in our cardiothoracic intensive care unit and has now moved into a new role as a specialist critical care practitioner with extended skills in cardiothoracic intensive care management including line insertion, and inotrope and vasoconstrictor prescription. She is a key support to intensivists on our cardiothoracic surgery unit and led the post operative nursing care in Feb and October 2019.
Ms Alison Clark was also a senior sister in our cardiothoracic intensive care unit and like Fiona has moved to join the team of critical care practitioners.
Together Fiona and Alison provided the post-operative care for the patients on the KATH ICU
including overnight care in Feb and October 2019.