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DIrector of Global Surgery

Anthony Charles is chief of the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery and director of the Adult Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program or ECMO. In 2009, he launched the Malawi Surgical Initiative, a training program based at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe that prepares Malawian clinicians for a career in surgery. As of 2018, the MSI has increased the number of Malawian surgeons in the country from 14 to 25. The program also attracts American-trained surgeons who are passionate about global health. While the bulk of global surgery initiatives are centered in Malawi, Charles says future efforts may focus on the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases’ sites in Asia, where the need for surgeons in rural areas is great.

Anthony Charles headshot