Helmut C. Diefenthal, MD
Dr. Helmut Diefenthal is a man that has broken new ground in the treatment of cancer in Tanzania. As a medic coming out of WW II, Dr. Diefenthal spent five years in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania helping others with basic medical care. In 1965, he started his residency at the University of Minnesota only to return to Tanzania to start the department of radiology at KCMC. He is still in that role today. He is an active teacher, radiologist and friend of numerous KCMC patients and doctors.
Mark Jacobson, MD, MPH
Dr. Mark Jacobson has been building public health capacity in East Africa for more than 30 years. Dr. Jacobson spent two decades transforming a small dispensary in the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania into the Selian Lutheran Hospital, which now encompasses ten buildings, 250 employees and 12 physicians. In 2005, Dr. Jacobson spearheaded the fundraising and planning efforts to build a second hospital, the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, which now offers inpatient and outpatient services to Arusha’s urban population. He is also the founder of the African Palliative Care Association and has served as Chair of the Board. Dr. Jacobson is FCCT’s in-country director.
John Bartlett, MD
Dr. John Bartlett is a Professor of Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University, and has been supporting the KCMC-Duke collaboration since 2001. Dr. Bartlett lived in Tanzania from 2004-2008, and continues to spend four to five months a year in Moshi. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous NIH research and training awards to the collaboration, including the Medical Education Partnership Initiative which partners the Duke and KCMC Schools of Medicine.
Brandon Fisher, MD and Larry Daugherty, MD
Dr. Brandon Fisher and Dr. Larry Daugherty founded RadiatingHope, combining their passion for mountaineering in the outdoors with raising funds and awareness to expand cancer care around the world. Dr. Fisher’s professional highlights include being a finalist for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Humanitarian Award. He also sits on the young physicians’ committee to the Board of Chancellors ofAmerican College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). Dr. Daugherty works at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He is a radiation oncologist and specializes in treatment of sarcomas and gastrointestinal tumors. Larry has been actively involved in humanitarian efforts in Ghana, Peru, Mexico and inner-city areas of the United States.