Faculty for Conference in 2019

Updated 09/22/2019

Faculty for Kharkiv 2019

Erin Arant, Occupational Therapist, USA/Ukraine – Erin received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in the United States. She has since moved to Kyiv, Ukraine to live and practice. She is one of two licensed occupational therapists in the country and is working with her colleague to pioneer the profession. She also practices privately and sees patients in many different spheres including school systems, community practice, and outpatient therapy settings. She participates in outreaches to local institutions for people with disabilities and provides both therapeutic services and trainings for staff. Additionally, she is a practioner of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) and uses this knowledge when working with patients and families, who have experienced complex developmental trauma as part of a holistic approach to care.

Noel Aruparayil, General Surgery,  United Kingdom – Dr. Aruparayil is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and PGCert in Health Research.  He is higher surgical resident in the United Kingdom with interests in minimally invasive abdominal surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy. Currently, he is pursuing at the University of Leeds School of Medicine his PhD in Global Surgery which is evaluating the sustainability of laparoscopic surgery in low and middle-income countries. His main interest is in surgical education and communication skills. He lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with my wife and two daughters and lead a local CMF group.

Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Geriatric Medicine, India – Dominic is a passionate Christian doctor serving in a mission hospital, Bangalore, India.  God has called me to minister among the older adults and to give them a Christian perspective to ageing.  I want the older adults to enjoy the life God has bestowed upon them to the fullest as He has promised in John 10:10.

James Patrick Daugherty, Oncologist, United States – Dr. Daugherty is the founder and director of the Northwest Alabama Cancer Center.  He addition to his medical degree from the University of North Alabama, he has a Ph.D. from the Institute of Radiation Biology from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Ministry from the Gordon Conwell Seminary in Boston.  He is on the adjunct faculty of the University of North Alabama and serves as the medical director of Hospice of Tennessee Valley.  He has published numerous scientific papers and abstracts as well as several books on the spiritual aspects of medical care and the history of medicine.  He has been married for 50 years with 3 children and 13 grandchildren.

Pablo Fernandez, Internal Medicine, United Kingdom – Dr Pablo Fernandez is a consultant pharmaceutical physician. Having worked initially in Medical Oncology, Dr Fernandez joined the pharmaceutical Industry in 1979 and has headed international clinical research departments for a number of research-based companies. During this time, he specialized in the clinical development of new medicines, becoming a Member in 1989 of the newly formed Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) of the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians and then a Fellow of that Faculty in 1997. He was elected to the FPM Board in 2003 and 2005 and served as an Officer of the FPM Board of Examiners, as well as the Panel Convenor for quality management of accredited courses for the Specialty Training syllabus. He was also involved in the preparation of the Faculty’s Physicians revalidation system. Dr Fernandez was a long-standing member of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s Medical Committee. In that capacity he was closely involved in the initiatives that resulted in the voluntary registration of Industry-sponsored clinical trials in a publicly accessible website. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the UK Research Integrity Office, an independent body promoting integrity and high ethical standards in research, as well as robust and fair methods to address poor practice and misconduct. These aims are pursued through publications on research practice, in-depth support and services for research employers, education and training activities, and by providing expert guidance to individuals and organizations.

Dr. Rita Girard, Family Medicine Physician, USA  – Dr. Girard is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians for the past 23 years.  She received her Medical Degree from The University of Michigan in 1993 and completed her Family Medicine Residency in 1996 at the University of Cincinnati.  She was chief resident with a focus in International Health, served on missions to Honduras and completed an 8 week internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has over 8 years of experience teaching medical students and residents within The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program.  Most of her career has been ministry service with a focus on maternity care.  “I am a connector.  As a family physician, I witness our connectedness and interdependence on one another.  We are all part of the bigger picture and created by God for a unique purpose.” Dr. Girard enjoys family life in Mason, Ohio with her five children.

Inessa Ishkova, Ophthalmologist, Ukraine – Inessa Ishkova, MD, PhD, is an ophthalmologist and associate professor V.N.Karazin Kharkov National University with 20 years’ experience in teaching medical students and training junior doctors.

June Johnson, Registered Nurse, USA/Ukraine – June Johnson (USA)  After receiving her Bacholor of Science in Nursing degree in 1988, June worked in a variety of settings including med/surg, out patient clinic, Easter Seals and Young Life.  She then went on to be certified as a specialist in wound and ostomy care in 1991 and for 7 years worked as head wound care and ostomy nurse in 2 hospitals in Oregon.  21 years ago, God called June to Ukraine where she now serves as a missionary with Christian Missionary Fellowship International. She uses her skills as a tool for evangelism in church-based clinics and medical outreaches and facilitates evangelistic outreaches to children and families with who have children with special needs.

Dmitro Lebedynets, Neurologist, Ukraine – Dr. Lebedynets studied medicine at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.  He studied Neurology at the Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Medicine and Cryomedicine at NASU Institute of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine Issues.  He studied Stroke Medicine at Donau University in Germany.  He manages the Poltava Stroke Simulation center.  He practices neurology in Kharkiv.

Dr. Martin Leiper, Palliative Care Medicine, Scotland – Martin worked as consultant physician in palliative medicine for 29yrs in Scotland, UK. Now he coaches medical students in communication and consultation skills in the University of Dundee, UK. He has travelled widely in Africa and Europe as a volunteer PRIME tutor and mentor in palliative care. This is his fifth visit to the conference.

Dr. Kirsty Leiper, Family Medicine, Scotland – Kirsty has recently qualified as a specialist in Family Medicine. She has a special interest in communication, psychology and medical education.

Dr. Bernt Lindtjørn, International Health, Norway – Bernt is a Professor at the Center for International Health at the University of Bergen in Norway. I have broad working experience from research and public institutions, international organisations and NGOs. Since 1978 I have worked as a missionary doctor in Ethiopia.  – By training, I am a medical doctor with long and extensive experience in hospital work, research, disease control, management, research management, and teaching and work in developing countries. My professional profile includes surgery in developing countries, population studies, maternal and child health, and control of tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, malaria and malnutrition.

Dr. Ifeanyi Onah, Plastic Surgeon, Nigeria – Dr. Ifeany Onah is a consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu. He is serving as the Enugu State chairperson of Healthcare Christian Fellowship Nigeria. He also is an ordained minister of the Anglican communion (Enugu diocese, Nigeria) serving as a chaplain with Chapel of His Resurrection ESUT Teaching Hospital.

Jim Peipon, Pediatrician, USA/Ukraine – Dr. Peipon is the President of Ukraine Medical Outreach to help train the next generation of Christian healthcare workers.  He serves as advisor to the International Christian Medical Association of Ukraine.  He leads seminars on the role of faith in medicine and promotes the improvement of care for children with disabilities and those affected by HIV.  He is married to Marianna for 38 years and blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Dr. Rick Paul, General Thoracic Surgeon, Netherlands – Trained as general surgeon and surgical oncologist after serving some years in Africa as medical missionary.  Presently working as general thoracic surgeon at the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Netherlands).  Since 2014 he is regional secretary for the International Medical & Dental Association, for Europe and Central Asia.

Daniel Rajan, Orthopedic Surgeon, United Kingdom – Dr. Rajan is a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hinchingbrooke NHS Hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK. He qualified for the MBBS in 1985 at the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, India.   He completed post graduate training in Trauma & Orthopaedics with Royal College of Surgeons, England.   He has a double-speciality in surgery of Foot & Ankle.

Pauline Rajan, Radiologist, United Kingdom – Dr. Rajan is consultant radiologist working in the Princess Alexandra NHS Trust at Harlow, Essex, UK with special interest in Breast Imaging. I did my undergraduate education at the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore India. I have been involved in teaching medical students for over 10 years in the UK.

Dr. Mike Sostok, Internal Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio – Michael Sostok, MD is the Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Simulation Center. He has extensive expertise in developing and utilizing are variety of educational methodologies including healthcare simulation, team-based learning and inter-professional training programs.  His work has been published and presented in a variety of local, national and international conferences. He serves at the faculty advisor to the Christian Medical-Dental Association Chapter at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Yulia Starodubetx, Pediatrican, Krygystan/Ukraine – Dr. Starodubets graduated and received her medical degree in 2004 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  She has specialized in the field of pediatrics.  Yulia initially taught pediatrics at Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, then at the International School of Medicine to international students from 2006. She also provided medical care to children in clinics. Yulia became a follower of Jesus Christ during her student years and since that moment started to serve to Him at church and through participation in the  Christian Medical Society of Kyrgyzstan. She believes that God can use our education and knowledge for His glory. Dr. Yulia is married to Pastor Oleg Starodubets.  They have two twins daughters.

Anna Titova, Cardiologist, Rector of Kharkiv International Medical Unversity – Dr. Titova studied medicine and trained to be a cardiologist at the Kharkov National Medical University.  She has gained a reputation among medical students for being an outstanding teacher and encourager.  Currently she is serving as the first Rector of the newly established Kharkov International Medical University while maintaining responsibilities of teaching and caring for patients.


Dr. Manfred Wieser, Dermatologist, Austria – Manfred Wieser, born and raised in Salzburg, Austria, completed his studies in medicine at the University of Innsbruck and earned his diploma in Dermatology at the Medical University of Salzburg. Tropical medicine in a rural area in Cameroon, West Africa, as well as a clinical fellowship in Dallas, Texas belong to his medical experience. Coming to Christ as a teen, his main focus in Christian belief is in looking at scripture and making this message vivid and applicable for daily life. Manfred is running a praxis for Dermatology together with his wife, Eva, and is a member of a Christian church in Salzburg, where he regularly teaches the bible.

Sheila Yetter, Emergency Medicine Technician, USA – Proverbs 3:5 says that we must “Trust the Lord with all your heart…” That trust is what has led Sheila through over 30 years of dedicated service to God and His people. As a team member of numerous local and Federal emergency medical/fire/rescue agencies, she has been privileged to share her expertise in technical rescue and tactical emergency medicine with victims of disaster, trauma, and illness. Since her retirement as a Paramedic and Technical Rescuer in 2018, Sheila continues to combine her experience and training with the same hope and trust as she faithfully devotes her time to the global mission field. During her spare time, though, she still enjoys skydiving, hiking, and participating in disaster recovery projects throughout North Carolina and the United States.