EM Global is a collaboration between Canadian, American, and Tanzanian physicians who share a common passion for the dissemination of ultrasound training and emergency medicine education to benefit patients and clinicians around the world. Meet the founding members:
Dr. Francis Sakita (MD, MMED)
An emergency physician and Emergency Department Head at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), a northern Tanzanian referral and teaching hospital. He has extensive training in PoCUS from his emergency medicine residency at Muhimbili Hospital and currently sits as the Chairperson of the Regional Expansion and Governance Committee (EMAT).
Dr. James Edward
A Clinical Officer at Tanganyika Plantation Company (TPC) Hospital in Tanzania and certified in Diagnostic Ultrasound from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC). He has a strong interest in emergency medicine and previously worked in Sudan, Taiwan, and Afghanistan as a trauma medic. He has certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) as well as International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).
Dr. Barbara Tatham (MD, MScPT, CCFP-EM)
Barbara completed a PoCUS fellowship at Western University and was a passionate teacher and medical educator. She had a global health mindset and the desire to put her skills to use in service to mankind. Barb co-founded EM Global with Dr. Alicia Cundall.
Sadly, Barbara passed away from a rare type of cancer on October 16th, 2019 at the young age of only 32. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met during her time on this Earth and we will honor her by remaining committed to her vision. We have named our EM fellowship the “Barbara Tatham Tanzania EM Scholarship” and will ensure that Tanzanian physicians are given access to the sorts of training opportunities she held dear. Barb’s spirit and commitment continues to inspire our team, both locally and globally. Her contributions will forever be cherished and her example remembered.
Dr. Alicia Cundall (BSc, MD, CCFP-EM)
An emergency physician who spent her early childhood in Tanzania. She has a degree in International Development Studies and Global Health from the University of Toronto. She previously worked for the Ministry of Health of Zambia and has done policy work for United Nations Commissions. She co-founded EM-Global with Dr. Tatham through a shared passion in global health.
Dr. Taft Micks (MD, BMSc, CCFP-EM)
An emergency physician with an interest in the rural use of bedside ultrasound. He is a Canadian Point-of-Care Ultrasound Society Master Instructor and has taught multiple courses including the Emergency Department Echo (EDE) course. Furthermore, Dr. Micks has a passion for global health and has travelled to the Philippines, India, and Tanzania for medical work and education.
Dr. Elias Jaffa (MD, MS)
An emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Laurens County Hospital in the Prisma Health—Upstate system in South Carolina, USA. He completed his emergency ultrasound fellowship at Duke University and has since helped establish additional educational ties between Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center Hospital in Moshi, Tanzania and Duke University Hospital. His research interests include 3D Point-of-Care Ultrasound (3DPOCUS) and other low-cost methods of augmenting POCUS for greater educational and clinical utility. He is the devoted husband of the love of his life (a primary care physician-in-training and currently “Dr. Jaffa #5”) and very proud father to his two sons, Samson and Cassius. He is also a co-founder of Global POCUS Partners, LLC.
Dr. Tarek Loubani (MD, CCFP-EM)
An emergency physician and Associate Professor at Western University. His passion lies globally where he runs the Glia Project, which seeks to provide medical supplies to impoverished locations. Among his many notable accomplishments is the invention of very-low-cost and open source 3D-printable medical hardware (including a stethoscope and a tourniquet, among others) that are helping to alleviate medical supply shortages in the Gaza strip, Tunisia, and elsewhere. His experience is an invaluable asset to the EM Global team.