International Visiting Scholarship

October 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 9

Henry N. Nono, MBChB, is a consultant otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya, who was awarded an International Visiting Scholarship (IVS) in 2011 for the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. He did his observership at Indiana University.

“The IVS opportunity completely changed my world. I urge my colleagues to apply for the IVS and see for themselves,” said Dr. Nono.

Susan Cordes, MD, worked with Dr. Nono in Kenya prior to him receiving the IVS in 2011.

“Dr. Nono coming to the U.S. on the IVS program was a turning point in our relationship. After four years of us traveling to Kenya to work with Dr. Nono and the other otolaryngologists at Moi, Henry was finally able to attend the Annual Meeting and visit our university medical center. Since then, Dr. Nono is a regular attendee and contributor to the Annual Meeting. Our collaboration has been greatly enhanced by Dr. Nono having the opportunity to experience otolaryngology in the United States and to participate in Academy activities,” she said.

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Bruce H. Campbell, MD, professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has also had the opportunity to expand his personal and professional connection with Dr. Nono because of the IVS program.

“Thanks to the IVS program, Dr. Nono visited my institution and toured the ORs, clinics, and hospital where we were able to compare our resources. The program increased our collaboration, and he has co-authored and presented papers. Finally, the friendship between our families has grown. We are grateful for the two-way gift that the IVS program has provided.”

Dr. Nono said that during his observership he acquired knowledge and skills as well as some equipment, instruments, and supplies for his unit at home. Through the network of friendships he made within his IVS program experience, he received a Global Online Fellowship opportunity in head and neck surgery, which he completed in December 2017.

“I made numerous friends in and outside the medical world. I encourage those who are able to do so to donate to the IVS program because this, for sure, is a worthy course,” said Dr. Nono.