Our Team leaders
Dr. James L. Netterville, professor of Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), and his brother, Dr. J. David Netterville, President of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, PC, at St. Thomas Health Services (STHS), lead a team of 25-30 physicians, nurses, anesthetists, OR technicians, medical students, and other concerned individuals who are based predominantly in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of us are associated in with VUMC or STHS, but our team members have also come from all over the United States and abroad, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and even Pakistan. This team has visited rural Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, and Malindi, Kenya.
Dr. Robert Sinard, associate professor of Head and Neck Surgery at VUMC, brings a team of medical providers annually to Kijabe, Kenya to work with World Medical Mission. We treat patients with large jaw tumors, removing the tumors and performing "free flap" transfer of bones and tissue for reconstruction of these large defects, and teaching the regional surgeons these techniques.
We also accompany a team led by Dr. Chad Zender of University Hospitals Case Western Medical Center to Kampala, Uganda, to the Uganda Cancer Institute. UCI is a medical facility owned by the Uganda Ministry of Health and affiliated with the Makerere University School of Medicine, where we work with Dr. Jeff Otitii, one of very few head and neck surgeons in Africa, and his residents and fellow ENT staff surgeons, to provide further education to the African doctors while providing free care to the public.