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About Us

The Ruben J. Williams Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005. Its primary concern is addressing the disparities in the provision of surgical/critical health care in developing countries, with a specific emphasis on Eastern Africa. The founders and directors represent three continents and were brought together by a common vision for addressing specific obstacles that face surgical trainees, surgeons, and academic and nursing staff practicing in regions where the environment offers comparatively fewer research and funding opportunities.

RJW is concerned with establishing links between academic organizations, and hospitals along with the University of Michigan, University of Washington, and University of Pittsburgh for further specialist training on both sides of this divide. In so doing, the foundation seeks to host visiting surgeons from North America and Europe on short-term academic visits to Kenya that are comprised of conducting a two-day university and public lecture program, a two-day elective surgery schedule, a one-day research symposium, and various cultural exchange tours and appearances.

It is the intention of the foundation to create an academic surgical/anesthesiology professional network that will encourage a free flow of academic thought, research, and personnel. This joint effort will enhance the training and practice of surgery in Africa while simultaneously providing visiting surgeons a unique cultural and professional exchange opportunity. This further involves curriculum design and enhancement and establishing an international lecture and research network collaborative in surgery, critical care, and nursing.

Our Team

Awori J. Hayanga, MD, MPH (Chair)
Suzzanne W. Gitata

Board Members
Andrew L. Owiti
Thomas E. Keane, MD
Matthew J. McGirt, MD
Sonia Eden, MD

Advisory Panel
Heather K. Hayanga MD, MPH
John L. Tarpley, MD
Akbar Waljee, MD, MSc

Ted James, MD
Malaika Awori - Gunther

Ground Logistics and Operations
Joshua Lwala

Heather K. Hayanga, MD, MPH

In the Press

• Ruben J. Williams Foundation Is Recognized by the American College of Surgeons
• Casey Global Impact of Surgical Volunteerism
• RJW Board Member Runs Half Marathon with Patient

Volunteerism in General Surgical Residency:

• Fostering Sustainable Global Academic Partnerships
• RJW Founder Honored as a Leader in Medicine