OUWB department chair leads 10th mission to Zambia

Kenneth Peters, M.D. (center) has been leading a mission to Africa for 13 years, with the last 10 going to Zambia.
Kenneth Peters, M.D. (center) has been leading a mission to Africa for 13 years, with the last 10 going to Zambia.

An OUWB department chair recently returned from a mission to Zambia and will soon head back — helping those who live there as much as himself and the residents he takes with him.

It’s all part of an annual pilgrimage for Kenneth Peters, M.D. He is professor and chair of OUWB’s Department of Urology, chair of the Department of Urology at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and he is the Peter and Florine Ministrelli Distinguished Chair in Urology.

For two weeks every year, Peters takes his expertise more than 8,000 miles from the comforts of home to lead a small group of attending urologists and residents who collectively treat dozens of patients. During the most recent trip in October, the group performed nearly 60 surgeries.

And while Peters says it’s the only opportunity most of the people who live there have to receive high-level care for urology-related issues, he stresses that he gets just as much out of it.

“For me, it’s a good-for-the-soul-thing that re-grounds me on why I became a physician,” he says.

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB website here.)

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