Dr. Stephen Foster (FRCSC)
Medical Director / General Surgeon
Dr. Foster received his surgical training through the Gallie Residency Program in general surgery at the University of Toronto. He has held such positions as:
- International Traveling Fellow, and Fellow in head and neck surgery and urology at McMaster University.
- Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at McMaster University.
Dr. Foster was born in Brantford, Ontario, grew up in Zambia, and spent much of the last 30 years in Angola before returning permanently in 2000. Dr. Foster and his wife Peggy divide their time between CEML and the mission hospital at Kalukembe in the interior.
Dr. Tim Kubacki
Itinerant Rural Generalist Doctor
Dr. Kubacki is from Ohio and, after serving for six years with the Xingu Mission in a remote area of Brazil, the Kubackis (Tim and Betsy) moved to CEML in early 2012. They have four children: Luke, Ellie, Ben, and Meredith whom Betsy, an experienced business administrator, has been home schooling. Tim’s role at CEML is as a Primary Care physician serving at the remote Cavango Clinic in central Angola. His goal is to concentrate on the expansion and establishment of a rural healthcare network.
Dr. Annelise Olson
Directory of Surgery / General Surgeon
Dr. Olson is a general surgeon, most recently from Michigan, before that from South Dakota and Portugal. She completed medical school at Loma Linda University in Southern California, and then went on to surgical residency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There followed a fellowship in International & Rural Surgery, a unique program giving experience in all the surgical subspecialties. She completed a 2 year post residency with Samaritan's Purse and new serves full time at CEML.
Dr. Steve Collins
Dr. Collins was born in Angola to Canadian missionary parents and returned back to Angola as a certified generalist-internist doctor in 1991 to assist a program for training postgraduate Angolan doctors in community medicine. In 1995, he received training in cataract surgery in Nigeria and South Africa to concentrate on the great ophthalmology needs in Angola. He is supported by Christian Blind Mission in Angola and splits his monthly workload between CEML and frontline outreach eye surgery in 10 of the 18 Angolan provinces. In over 20 years of ophthalmic work, he has completed over 21,000 cataract surgeries on Angolans in need.
Dr. Ralph Zachariah
Medical Oncology FMH, Internal Medicine FMH
Dr. Ralph Zachariah attended Medical School at the University of Basel, Switzerland. After residency years in general surgery and internal medicine, Ralph was trained as a medical oncologist in Baden and Aarau, Switzerland. Being proficient in the whole field of medical oncology, Ralph has also an extensive hematology experience including autologous stem cell transplantation and worked as an attending physician at the Mittelland Cancer Center.
Dr. Rebecca Zachariah
Dr. Rebecca Zachariah attended Medical School at the Universities of Basel and Lausanne, Switzerland, followed by her residency in Gynecology/Obstetrics in Muri and Aarau, where she also completed a residency program in gynecological oncology. She had the position of an attending physician before coming to Angola. She also worked on a short-term basis in low-resource settings in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. She joined CEML in September 2016. She is married to Dr. Ralph Zachariah, together they have four children.
April is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from North Carolina. She attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (1991) and a Master's in Nursing (1995). She graduated from Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1995. She completed the INMED International Health and Public Health program in 2010 and joined CEML in 2014. She and her husband, Danny, reside in Lubango with their 2 daughters.
Dr. Nicholas Comninellis
Visiting General Internist / Instructor
Dr. Comninellis is CEO and President of the Institute for International Medicine (INMED) in St Louis and conducts yearly service visits to CEML in Angola. He has served inner city citizens at Shanghai Charity Hospital and initiated a healthcare ministry in the city of Huambo, Angola before launching INMED in 2003. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and was a family medicine resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/John Peter Smith Hospital Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Comninellis also earned a diploma in tropical medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and is board certified in both preventive medicine and family medicine.