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Gardner Steeped in AMPATH's Culture

The new head of AMPATH learned from its founders and will helm the IU-led consortium as its mission evolves.

Bobby King  |  Apr 10, 2020

Not Your Average Joe

JOE MAMLIN is a storyteller.  It’s a consequence, perhaps, of growing up a “poor hillbilly” (his words) in western North Carolina. He tells stories about going out west as a young man to work as a lumberjack; about making money for college by selling Bibles—and being good at it; about meeting tobacco scion R.J. Reynolds Jr., who founded the scholarship that paid for Mamlin’s medical school. He talks of being in the Peace Corps, teaching at a fledgling medical school […]

Mission: Unfulfilled

AFTER HIS near-fatal encounter with Ebola on a medical mission in Liberia, few people would question Kent Brantly, MD, if he contented himself with a stateside medical career, one where he put down roots with his wife and kids in the suburbs, and confined his adventures to storytelling. That’s not anything close to what Kent Brantly has in mind. Five years after contracting Ebola while treating patients in the worst outbreak of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Brantly and […]

Exporting Better Health

HUDDLED IN a Ghanaian hotel room, AMPATH’s founders didn’t think they were laying out a roadmap for redefining global health. They were trying to decide where to put down roots.  The quartet of doctors—Bob Einterz, Joe Mamlin, Charlie Kelley and Dave Van Reken—had already trekked to the roof of the world in Nepal and the highlands of western Kenya before coming to the warm shores of Ghana on their search.  “We all thought it could be successful,” said Einterz, associate […]

The Path of Yeast Resistance

MOLLY DUMAN SCHEEL, PHD, has worked much of her career on wiping out mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria and dengue fever. Now, realizing that dream looks increasingly possible every day. Ever since Zika climbed from South America, through the Caribbean and into Miami residential areas in summer 2016, grant-awarding agencies have wanted to fast-track getting a mosquito-control solution to populations in need. The problem became urgent: Pregnant women were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, and the disease was discovered to be sexually transmittable. Scheel, an […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

‘No more tents’

COURTNEY ROBERTS peered out the window of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and she instantly recognized an alley she had never set foot in before. There were the cinderblock walls. The patch of ground was unchanged. She imagined patients lining both sides. They sat in plastic lawn chairs. IV lines dangled from their arms. Metal pans rested next to them on the ground, waiting to be snatched up if nausea became too much to bear. It was […]

Entering Suffering

THIS PAST June, Dr. Kent Brantly lay in the same bed, in the same house, where Ebola almost took his life just 11 months before. The Indiana University School of Medicine alumnus had returned to Liberia for the first time since he was evacuated to America under the glare of the international media in August 2014. During the visit, Brantly and his wife, Amber, stayed with their two young children in a house on the Atlantic Ocean that they had […]

Karen Spataro  |  Feb 01, 2016

Battling Ebola

IUSM alumnus honored as a ‘Person of the Year’ by Time magazine KENT BRANTLY, MD, a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 2009 and one of the first U.S. citizens to contract Ebola as a medical aid worker in West Africa, has been honored as a “Person of the Year” by Time magazine. He shares the honor with other aid workers fighting the disease. The announcement was made December 10 on the “Today” Show, which featured […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jan 01, 2015