Our team includes five internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeons, plus a consultant anaesthetist.

Dr David Burgess
Dr David BurgessConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr David Burgess came to Malawi from Virginia in the United States, where he has been in private practice for 22 years. He trained in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Medical Center and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. He then served in the United States Air Force in the Philippines and New Hampshire.

Dr Burgess is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He particularly enjoys direct patient care, having developed an interest in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery and joint replacement surgery. Dr Burgess thrives on being involved in caring for children as well as adults at the Beit CURE International Hospital. His experience enhances the team’s approach to care and teaching by physicians, clinical officers, nurses and physiotherapists.

Dr Nicholas Lubega
Dr Nicholas LubegaConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Nicholas Lubega trained at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. As an undergraduate student he won a Commonwealth bursary for an elective to India. After completing his postgraduate orthopaedic studies he joined the Beit CURE International Hospital in 2005. He subsequently completed two fellowships, one of which was a trauma fellowship at the Pretoria Academic Hospital, South Africa.

Dr Lubega is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. He is the co-ordinator of the Malawi National Total Hip and Knee Register, and has a particular interest in the correction of children’s physical disabilities. Dr Lubega also enjoys adult orthopaedic surgery, along with teaching- he is honorary lecturer at the Department of Surgery, the College of Medicine, University of Malawi.

Dr Samuel Maina (MB chB, M.Med, F.C.S.)
Dr Samuel Maina (MB chB, M.Med, F.C.S.)Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Samuel Maina trained at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. During his training he participated in various medical camps organised by the Kenya Medical Association to help less privileged members of society. His passion for surgery was ignited after working in a mission hospital in rural Kenya. He subsequently joined CURE in 2001, working in our Kenya hospital for three years before starting his postgraduate training at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. During his time at the hospital Dr Maina gained considerate experience of treating children with physical disabilities such as clubfoot and bone abnormalities.

Dr Maina is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. His areas of special interest include children’s orthopaedics, trauma, adult reconstructive surgery and arthroscopy.

Dr Kaiser RaphaelConsultant Anaesthetist
Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Kaiser is no stranger to CURE. He has served at various CURE hospitals over the years including CURE Ethiopia, and has been our Consultant Anaesthetist at CURE Malawi since 2014 .

His family includes his wife Wajahat and their two children.


Dr Kyle JamesConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Kyle James has been serving as an orthopedic surgeon at CURE Malawi since August 2016. Kyle completed his medical training at Guy’s, Kings, and St. Thomas’s Hospital in London. Prior to joining CURE, Kyle was a consultant surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, a major trauma center in the UK, specializing in children’s orthopedics and adult trauma including circular frames. He has completed two children’s orthopedic fellowships in Sydney, Australia, and at CURE Malawi. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Kyle is married to Liz, who is a general practitioner, and they have two children.

Dr Linda Chokotho (M.B.B.S., FCS, MPH)
Dr Linda Chokotho (M.B.B.S., FCS, MPH)Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Linda Chokotho trained at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. After working as a medical officer she joined the Beit CURE International Hospital as a surgical trainee with the College of Surgeons for East, Central and Southern Africa, specialising in orthopaedic surgery.

Dr Chokotho was awarded the Raheem Daewood Gold for best student (among other students from 11 different countries in the region) in her final orthopaedic surgery examinations. She has recently completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Her main area of interest is hand surgery, which developed when she did a Fellowship at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.