DR. ARCHIE HEDDINGS, MD
Dr. Archie Heddings is currently an associate professor in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also the fellowship director for the University of Kansas International Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship. He has a passion for international healthcare work and has focused some of his work on Orthopedic Surgery in Ethiopia, Romania, and Zambia. Dr. Heddings is a co-founder and faculty advisor to the African Trauma Initiative. He has presented and published research in a variety of areas related to Orthopedic Surgery and has ongoing projects ranging from a local to international level.
DR. SOLOMON GOSHU MENGISTU, MD
Dr. Solomon Mengistu is an assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery and research coordinator at Saint Paul’s Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His medical practice is at AaBET Trauma and Burn Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he practices orthopedic trauma surgery as well as trains future surgeons. Currently, he is attending the Trauma Fellowship Program at KUMC and has plans to return to Ethiopia to provide orthopedic trauma care for his community.
DR. ABIY WORKU HAILE, MD
Dr. Abiy Worku Haile is an associate professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Saint Paul’s Millennium Medical College in Addis Aba, Ethiopia. His medical practice is at AaBET Trauma and Burn Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he practices orthopedic trauma surgery as well as trains future surgeons. He is currently attending the Trauma Fellowship Program at KUMC. Dr. Abiy’s interests within orthopedic care include pelvic and acetabular fractures as well as hip and knee replacements. Dr. Abiy exhibits a passion to provide high- quality care for all his patients, including those back home in Ethiopia.
JACK AYRES, MS4
Jack Ayres is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and plans to pursue residency in orthopedic surgery following graduation in 2023. Originally from Overland Park, KS. Jack graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University in 2018. Throughout his education, Jack has enjoyed being involved in student government where he was able to play an active role in two of his central interests: advocacy and mentorship. Jack’s passion for international health outcomes was greatly influenced and supported by his mentor, Dr. Archie Heddings.
OTHER CONTRIBUTING TEAM MEMBERS
Johnathan Dallman, MS3
Karam Hamada, MS3
Ravali Reddy, MS2
Haley Albers, MS2
Austin Gartner, MS2
Terrence B. Epie, MD, MSc, MBA(c)