A team of doctors from OrthoCarolina, a leading orthopaedic practice in Charlotte, has traveled to Tanzania to provide orthopaedic care and education to the residents of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC). The team includes Dr. Virginia Casey, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Braswell, chief resident with Atrium/OC, and Dr. Robert Erdin, a former OC partner who now works at the VA. Additionally, two members from Wake Forest, Dr. Jason Halvorson, and Dr. Natalie Marenghi, are also part of the team.

The Orthopedic Team and their Mission in Tanzania

The team works every day alongside more than 40 KCMC residents and several KCMC staff, providing acute care to over fifty patients in the inpatient Orthopaedic ward each day, including multiple children. Dr. Casey, a highly skilled pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, is providing a wide range of orthopaedic care, including musculoskeletal infection, trauma, foot and ankle, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Dr. Casey: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Extraordinaire

Dr. Virginia Casey has seen dozens of clinic patients and has performed several extremely complex pediatric surgeries that could not have been performed without her being present. She has organized multiple Pediatric Ortho lectures as well as a clubfoot casting lab for the KCMC residents. She has also brought clubfoot shoes and hip dysplasia harnesses and braces to donate to the local children who cannot afford these crucial treatments otherwise.

Orthopaedic Care in Tanzania: A Range of Services Provided

In addition to acute care, the team is focused on educating KCMC residents through daily morning reports, lectures, and procedures and clinic sessions. Their teaching on Pediatric trauma, infection, and deformity to the local residents will help countless future patients. OrthoCarolina is proud to have one of their surgeons actively involved in such an important humanitarian effort.

Education and Training: OrthoCarolina's Contribution to KCMC:

The team has been conducting monthly Zoom lectures with KCMC residents since January 2021, with Dr. Casey being involved since then. OrthoCarolina's commitment to education and training is evident in the team's daily morning reports, lectures, procedures, and clinic sessions. Dr. Casey's expertise in pediatric orthopaedics has been invaluable in providing education and training to KCMC residents.

The Impact of OrthoCarolina's Efforts on KCMC Community:

Dr. Casey and the OrthoCarolina team's dedication to providing quality care and education is making a significant impact on the KCMC community. They are making a difference in the lives of the local residents, and their efforts will continue to do so for years to come.

Dr. Casey Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro:

In addition to her work at KCMC, Dr. Casey successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Her dedication to her work and her commitment to improving the lives of others are an inspiration to all.

OrthoCarolina's Commitment to Making a Difference:

Overall, the team of doctors is committed to providing the best possible care and education to the KCMC community. Their efforts are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the local residents, and OrthoCarolina is proud to have one of its surgeons actively involved in such an important humanitarian effort.

Thank you to Dr. Matthew Braswell, Chief Resident at Atrium/OrthoCarolina for his contribution to this article.

“This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you are seeking specific orthopedic advice or assistance, please consult with your OrthoCarolina physician or locate one in your area through OrthoCarolina’s website at”

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