Catherine DeVries

Dr. Catherine deVries is a leading global expert in urology. Dr. deVries has supported the project’s effort to evaluate the FASTT training package and to update the training package in line with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) standards for hydrocele surgery. Dr. deVries sits on the project’s lymphatic filariasis Technical Advisory Board.

In addition to working with the MMDP Project, Dr. deVries is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah. Previously she was the Director for the Center for Global Surgery at the University of Utah and a consultant for WHO. Aside from being a reviewer and publishing several journal articles, Dr. deVries has numerous awards and citations, including the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Societe Internationale d’Urologie and the Christchurch Medal Award from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. deVries has a Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in pathology from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Harvard University.

Emily Gower

Dr. Emily Gower is a leading global expert on trachoma, bringing over 15 years of experience working in global health and ocular epidemiology to the MMDP Project. As the project’s Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr. Gower provides support for operational research, technical excellence, program implementation, and quality assurance. Dr. Gower also serves as the Chair of the project’s trachoma Technical Advisory Board.

In addition to working with the MMDP Project, Dr. Gower is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina, where she focuses her research on ocular epidemiology with a specific focus on trachoma and diabetic retinopathy.  Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Gower first served as a member of the ophthalmology faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for nine years, before moving back to her native state of North Carolina, where she served as an Associate Professor in the Public Health Sciences Department at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  While at Wake Forest University, she worked to develop the HEAD START trichiasis surgery simulator. She has over 75 publications in the field, including monographs, textbook chapters, and peer-reviewed research articles.

Dr. Gower holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adama Guira

Dr. Adama Guira is a leading hydrocele surgeon in Burkina Faso. Dr. Guira is a Master Trainer on the FASTT surgical simulator and provides the project with clinical and technical support for hydrocele surgery. Dr. Guira was one of the lead surgeons in the development of the FASTT surgical simulator and accompanying training package.

In addition to working with the MMDP Project, Dr. Guira is currently the Chief of Surgical Services for the Hôpital Saint Camille de Nanoro. He previously served as the Chief of Surgical Services with the United Nations as a volunteer in Niger.

Dr. Guira holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in general medicine studies from University of Ouagadougou and a certificate of special studies in general surgery from the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Abibjan in Ivoiry Coast.  

Chad MacArthur

Mr. Chad MacArthur is a global public health specialist with over 25 years of experience.  Mr. MacArthur works with the MMDP Project on primarily trachoma-related activities, and he provides technical support through the review of technical documents, training manuals, and strategy papers, and technical guidance on planning and implementation of behavior change initiatives. Mr. MacArthur sits on the project’s trachoma Technical Advisory Board.

In addition to working with the MMDP Project, Mr. MacArthur is the President of MacArthur/Tapert Global Health Consulting providing technical and programmatic consulting services in neglected tropical diseases. He previously served as the Director of Neglected Tropical Disease Control for Helen Keller International (HKI), Director of Trachoma for HKI and HKI Country Director in Mozambique and South Africa.

Mr. MacArthur holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Education degree from Boston State College/University of Massachusetts.

Sunny Mante

Dr. Sunny Mante is a leading urology surgeon in Africa with over 30 years of surgical and urology experience. As a Master Trainer on the FASTT surgical simulator, Dr. Mante provides the project with clinical and technical support. Dr. Mante was instrumental in the development, testing and finalization of the FASTT surgical simulator and provided clinical and technical support in the development of the FASTT training package. Dr. Mante sits on the project’s lymphatic filariasis Technical Advisory Board.

In addition to working with the MMPD Project, Dr. Mante is the head of urology and of postgraduate training at the Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Previously, Dr. Mante worked as the head of the surgery and urology departments and coordinator of postgraduate studies at the Military Hospital in Accra. Dr. Mante was also the Surgical Coordinator of the African Lymphatic Filariasis Morbidity Project focusing on hydrocele surgery training in Africa. He is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and was the President of the Ghana Association of Urological Surgeons until May 2017. He also served as the Secretary General of the Pan African Urological Surgeons Association until May 2017.

Dr. Mante has a bachelor’s of science in human biology, a bachelor’s of medicine and surgery from the University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi, Ghana and has had fellowships with the West African College of Surgeons and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.