What is FDSS?
Founded in 2011, FDSS is a not-for-profit organization that I
established to help improve the future of health care in the
Republic of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. The goals
of FDSS are to help South Sudan develop a new health care
system, to help educate health care professionals by supporting
medical education, and to support efforts to develop quality
hospitals in the country.
Why did you decide to start FDSS?
After working in South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders
in 2010, it became clear to me that a sustainable future for
health care in this newly formed, underdeveloped nation will
not be based upon expatriate volunteerism. Instead, a new
paradigm is needed, one that is led by South Sudanese health
Editor’s note: Many Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are actively
involved in medical relief organizations.
Following is a summary of an interview that
Brittanie Wilczak, Program Administrator,
Operation Giving Back, conducted earlier
this year with Kenneth S. Waxman, MD,
FACS, a retired general and trauma surgeon,
a Past-Governor of the ACS, and the founder
of Future Doctors for South Sudan (FDSS).
by Brittanie Wilczak, MPH
SEP 2016 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
DR. WAXMAN AND FDSS
Fellow initiates program to train
Future Doctors for South Sudan
JOHN WOLLERTH/SHUT TERS TOCK.COM