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GPSF is a US registered 501(c) entity setup to support the mission of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons in North America by engaging in advocacy, education and programmatic events that advance the public health of Ghanaians in Ghana as well as in the North America Diaspora.

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Public Health Initiatives

Public Health Initiatives

We design and implement public health initiatives that span the gamut from advocacy to education and awareness campaigns. We also lead other programs/projects that improve the health of Ghanaians in Ghana and North America.

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Professional Programs

Professional Programs

We run professional development programs including Continuing Medical Education programs such as our annual Conference, formal mentoring programs to develop young medical talent and educational exchanges that give educational and professional opportunities (in the US) to medical trainees in Ghana.

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Networking Forums

Networking Forums

We provide networking forums at both the national and local chapter level to provide our members with peer support and opportunities to expand and enrich their professional networks.In everything we do, we work closely with the Ghana College of Physicians & Surgeons in Accra

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History

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The Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation of North America (GPSF) was established to support the mission of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS) which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2002 to provide quality postgraduate training in Medicine in Ghana. It also serves as an advocacy group to influence health policy and educate the general public about numerous health care issues in Ghana and Africa. The foundation supports all non-profit health initiatives in Ghana by Ghanaian and other health professionals in North America.

GPSF continues to fulfill its mission of assisting in providing quality training for healthcare professionals in Ghana by providing subscription to world class medical journals as well as superb online educational tools and also providing teaching materials to medical colleges in Ghana. Members of GPSF also volunteer their time and energy to work in Ghana either in hospitals or as visiting faculty at the various medical schools.

The organizing meeting was held at the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC and attended by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, NY (later the founding President of the GPSF), Prof. Ohene–Frimpong PA, Dr. Twum – Boafo NY, Prof. Ulzen NC, and Dr. Kwasi Debra DC among others. Plans were put in motion for the first GPSF conference which occurred a year later at the Ghana Embassy. After a few years of meeting in the North East, the executive decided to meet in Atlanta, GA annually because of easy access from all regions of the United States.

External faculty position in the college can be acquired by becoming a fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Information regarding attaining fellowship status can obtained from the administrative assistant of GPSF.

GPSF was founded in 2002 following a visit by Prof. Nyame, the first Rector of the newly created postgraduate college to the US to meet with an ad hoc group of Ghanaian physician leaders in the US to discuss how Ghanaian physicians in the US could collaborate with the college. GPSF was registered as a 501(3) c corporation. All expenses related to membership, meetings and donations are tax deductible.

To further its goals, GPSF hosts an annual Business and Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference every spring. In collaboration with GCPS the foundation hosts an annual CME event – The Medical Knowledge Fiesta, in Ghana for physicians in practice in Ghana. These conferences are open to the general public.

Executives & Board

FRANCISCA ABANYIE, MD, MPH

FRANCISCA ABANYIE, MD, MPH

President

Medical School: utgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Residency: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine

Speciality: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Current Employment: Medical Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Akwasi Amponsah, MD

Akwasi Amponsah, MD

President-Elect

Medical School: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Residency: Anesthesiology

Fellowship: Interventional Pain Medicine

Speciality: Anesthesia & Pain Management

Current Employment: Rutgers-NJ Med School

Ernestina French, MD MPH

Ernestina French, MD MPH

Vice President

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine-University of Pennsylvania

Residency: Atrium Health, Charlotte NC

Fellowship: Interventional Pain Medicine

Speciality: Family Medicine

Current Employment: Family physician, Buford GA

LOUISA LAWSON, MD

LOUISA LAWSON, MD

Treasurer

Medical School: University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana

Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Speciality: Pediatrics

Current Employment: Peace Children’s Clinic,Jackson and Clinton, MS

PEARL QUARTEY-KUMAPLEY,MD

PEARL QUARTEY-KUMAPLEY,MD

Secretary

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Residency: Cook County Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine

Speciality: FM/OB

Current Employment: Assistant Director, Deaconess Hospital

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