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Dr. Faith Muchemwa Zimbabwe Plastic Surgeon

Dr Faith C Muchemwa is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (MBChB, 1998). She worked as a senior house officer in Plastic Surgery until 2003 when she decided to pursue research in Molecular biology of skin cancers. She graduated with a PhD from Kumamoto University in Japan in 2008.

On her return to Zimbabwe in 2010, Dr  Muchemwa was appointed a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, in the Department of Immunology, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also supervises Masters and PhD students with their research projects. In 2011, she enrolled as a Plastic Surgery Trainee with the College of Surgeons, East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The Zimbabwe Association of Surgeons in Training (ZASiT) was inaugurated in 2012 and Dr Muchemwa was elected first President. Being one of only two female trainees at the time, Ms Muchemwa always longed for an increased participation of females in Surgery. She was supported by the RCSI-COSECSA, to explore why women were choosing not to enter surgery as a specialty of choice. This research resulted in one publication and 2 presentations at the COSECSA AGM (2013) and the Bethune Round Table of International Surgery (2014). This raised great awareness on this subject, leading to the formation, in 2014, of DREAM: a group of female medical students and junior doctors with a desire to pursue Surgery as a career of choice, for which she is Patron.

With the support of RCSI-COSECSA collaboration, Ms Muchemwa attended the 35th Association of Women Surgeons Conference in Chicago in 2015.  This solidified a collaboration with this well-established group of successful female surgeons.

Dr  Muchemwa was recently conferred with a Fellowship to the College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery (FCS Plast) and she won the medal for best Plastic Surgery Trainee, 2015. She has trained in Plastic Surgery internationally; in Canada (2013) and in England (2015).

Dr Muchemwa enjoys a vast amount of international collaboration from international organisations such as Smile Train, 2nd Chance, Operation of Hope, ReSurge International and LEAP foundation. She greatly enjoys discussions pertaining to Global Surgery.

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