Ingida Asfaw

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Ingida Asfaw


Wayne State Univeristy

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Professor Ingida Asfaw, M.D., F.A.C.S is an internationally recognized pioneer cardiac surgeon. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He received his MD degree from Indiana University, completed his postgraduate training at Wayne State University and his fellowship at Texas Heart Institutte. In 1999, under his visionary leadership, the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA) was formed with the mission and purpose of enhancing healthcare access, delivery and quality and mitigating the healthcare crisis in Ethiopia. Also, transfer of knowledge, skills, technology and sustainable capacity building and education / training. He has published numerious articles in the peer review journals and written chapters. He is a member of many local, national and international professional associations. Selected positions held: President, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons; Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Detroit Meical Center (DMC) / Sinai-Grace Hospital / Wayne State Univeristy; Cardiothoracic and Vacular Surgery St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital / Trinity Health; Chief of Medical Staff St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hopsital / Trinity Health and Alumni of the Year, Easter Mennonite University. He has received many accolades, honors and awards including: Volvo for Life America’s Greatest Hometown Hero Award for Extraordinary Humanitarian Cause and Philanthropy in Ethiopia; recognitition by the Society of Ethiopians established in Diaspora for community service and humantiarian service in Ethiopia, recepient of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) / Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award for International Outreach; recipient of Bikila Professional Excellence Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, Provision of Outstanding Medical Services to the Ethiopian People, and in Teaching Excellence of the Ethiopian Healthcare Professionals to mention a few. The ENAHPA team performed the 1st open heart surgery, laparoscopic choleycstectomy, cardiac pacemaker implant and videoconference telemedicine (distance learning) in Ethiopia. ENAHPA and the Diaspora built the Adare Hospital and the Safe Mothering Model Center of Excellence. A short video about Dr. Ingida Asfaw:

Ingida Asfaw