Faculty for Sumy Conference 2017

Updated 09/03/2017


Christian BellChristian Bell, OB/GYN physician, Sierra Leone – Dr. Bell is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He did his postgraduate studies in Germany (Specialist Obstetrician/Gynecologist & Diploma in Tropical medicine and medical Parasitology). Dr. Bell returned to Sierra Leone, his native country, and after working a short while for the Government went into private practice and was able to construct and run the largest private hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He has been a member of The Healthcare Christian Fellowship since 1994 and currently the national chairman of the Sierra Leone chapter. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons(FWACS). He was awarded the Order of the Rokel from the Government of Sierra Leone, Doctor of the year in Sierra Leone 2009 and Order of the Cross of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany when he visited Sierra Leone in 2005. His wife is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church. Together they have three children, who are doctors (1Obstetrician/ Gynecologist, 1 General Surgeon & 1 Pediatrician).

David Hunter – Radiologist, United States – Dr. Hunter is a radiologist working in  St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  He trained at Loyola University of Chicago Medical School and has been teaching medical and nursing students and medical residents for over 25 years.  He served seven years in the United States Air force as a physician. Dr. Hunter is married and has four married children and three grandchildren. He enjoys serving on small medical teams in developing countries where he teaches doctors and performs  ultrasound exams.

Shari Falkenheimer, Physician, Medical Education International, USA – “Religion, Spirituality and Medicine: The Impacts of Whole Person Care. – Dr. Sharon A. (“Shari”) Falkenheimer holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.D, a Masters in Public Health, an M.A. in Bioethics, and a PhD in Educational Studies. She is board certified in aerospace medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She has experience in teaching, applied research, clinical medicine, medical leadership and planning and has taught in over 20 nations. She serves as Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) staff for the Albany (NY) Medical College CMDA, adjunct faculty and Associate Fellow of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity International University and is a lifetime member of the of the US CMDA.

Roger Jensen – Family Physican, MTW Medical Divison, United States – Dr. Jensen graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine and completed a Family Practice residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita KS. He initially was in private practice in Nebraska be joining the teaching faculty of the family medicine residency program at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina. He also served as the staff physician for the Riddle Developmental Center, a state residential facility for developmentally disabled, located in Morganton, east of Asheville. Recently he retired from these positions. He is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

June Johnson – Nurse, USA – After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1988, June worked in a variety of settings including medical/surgical, 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.  19 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.  In addition, June facilitates evangelistic outreaches to children and families with who have children with special needs.


image7Martin and Pat Leiper, Physician,(Martin) and Telephone Support Counselorfor Patients with Breast Cancer (Pat), Scotland – Dr. Leiper worked as a consultant physician in palliative medicine in Scotland, UK for 29yrs . Now he coaches medical communication skills in the University of Dundee, UK.
He has had the privilege of short term postgraduate palliative medicine teaching in Albania, Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, South Africa, Sudan, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and UK.
He has been a PRIME tutor since 2007”.
He was mentor with the Global Health Academy of the University of Edinburgh and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Western Kenya in 2014 & 2015

Lucy Lot – MD  on the faculty at the Clinical Science department of a Medical School
in West Virginia. She is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. In
practice, she sees children birth through college age for preventive services and a
gamut of medical, behavioral and mental health conditions.

Lars Ljungstom

Lars Ljungström, Physician – Infectious Disease, Sweden  – Lars Ljungström is a specialist in Infectious Diseases with over twenty five years of experience.  He is on the medical staff of Skaraborg Hospital in Skövde, Sweden.  His wife is a pediatric psychologist and together they have 4 adult children.   Apart from service at their local church, he and his wife enjoy outdoor activities.  Currently, they are hosting two refugees from Syria in their home.  For the past nine years he has been traveling to a Christian Medical Center outside Mombasa, Kenya, helping with the care and management of HIV patients.

Magnus Landgren — Pediatric Neurology, Sweden Magnus Landgren, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurologist at the unit of  developmental disorders at Skaraborg Hospital, Mariestad, Sweden with a research background in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. Magnus has been the editor of the journal of the Christian Medical association, Ars Medicina, since over thirty years. He is married to Gunilla Kristina, a certified nurse and language teacher. They have three married sons and grandchildren and are engaged in the local church in the town where they live.




Ifeanyi Onah, Orthopedic 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 at chapel of Pentecost Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital, Enugu.




Nikolai Panchenko — Associate Professor, Kyiv Medical University, Ukraine  – Dr. Panchenko has held various positions academic medical institutions in Ukraine.  He is now an associate professor at Kyiv Medical University in their faculty of Nursing.  His medical interests are in palliative care and the role spirituality plays in the overall health and wellbeing of patients.


image10Jim Peipon, Pediatrician, President and Medical Director of Ukraine Medical Outreach, USA/Ukraine – Dr. Peipon is a pediatrician trained in pediatric hematology/oncology. He practiced medicine in Salisbury, Maryland where he was the founding pediatrician of a private pediatric clinic which he led for 20 years. During this time he also served as the Chief of Pediatrics at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He now serves as the president and medical director of Ukraine Medical Outreach, Inc. He regularly speaks on topics such as the importance of faith in medicine, how to deal with suffering, a Christian philosophy of medicine and how to share your faith within the medical context. He organizes conferences to improve the care of children with disabilities and HIV/AIDS and has been active in mentoring students of the medical professions. He has been married to his wife, Marianna, for 33 years. They have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren.


Olena PokryshkoOlena Pokryshko, Microbiologist, Ukraine – Olena Pokryshko, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, the head of Microbiological]\and Parasitological Reseachers Laboratory and member of Winogradsky Society of Microbiologists of Ukraine.  After graduation from medical university she held the position of doctor at the Rustavi’s Urban Clinic, Georgia.  She then became doctor at Pidvolochisk’s District Hospital in Ukraine.  Currently she teaches microbiology, virology and immunology at Ternopil State Medical University.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Ruslana Kharkovenko – Associate Professor Dept of Public Health,  Vinnitsa National Medical University, Ukraine – Dr. Kharkovenko is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at the Vinnitsa National Medical University.  She completed an internship in ophthalmology.  She currently is the chairman of the subcommittee of health of the public council at the Vinnytsa Regional State Administration.  She is a member of the Board of  the National Network of Children’s Palliative care in Ukraine.  She  is  a TV journalist and regularly hosts a program “Our Health.”

Vinod Shah, Pediatric Surgeon, CEO International Medical Dental Association, India – Dr. Vinod Shah is a graduate of the Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India where he also trained as a General Surgeon and then specialized in Pediatric Surgery.
He is married to Dr. Shalini Shah and blessed with 3 children. Two of them are working in North America and one in China. He is passionate about medical missionary work and developing leadership for the same.  He has served as the Medical Secretary, Indian Evangelical Mission, Bangalore, India. He was the Executive Director of Emmanuel Hospital Association in New Delhi, India. He is the Chief of the Department of Distance Medical Education for the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India. Since February 2014 He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Dr. Wiley Smith

Wiley Smith – Family Physician, MTW Medical Division, United States – Dr. Wiley Smith is a family physician. He graduated from Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland in 1980. After twenty years in the U.S. military, Wiley became a medical missionary with Mission to the World. He spent nine years in Belize, Central America. Presently Wiley leads short term medical missions teams to several international locations, and provides care to indigent patients in the state of Georgia in the U.S. Wiley is married with four children and two grandchildren.

John Sexton, Family Nurse Practioner, MTW Medical  Divison – John is a Family Nurse Practitioner working internationally with Mission to the World Medical Divison. He has practiced medicine since 1990. He and his wife’s main area of work is training Health and Medical Workers in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Some projects they have done include training people in preventing Ebola, malaria and other diseases. Aside from his seminar, he would love to discuss  the training of health workers with you.


Michael Soderling, Director of the Center for Health in Mission, USA – Dr Soderling received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and finished his residency in OB/GYN in Baltimore, MD in 1991. After 10 years of private practice in Wisconsin Mike and his family moved to full time cross-cultural work in Guatemala where he serves as President of Salud que Transforma (Transformational Health). Mike also finished his MBA in International Development at Hope International University in December of 2008. Mike has taken part in several short term health related mission teams in Guatemala and is interested in assisting those who have a heart for health related mission to explore how to do this most effectively for the long erm benefit of the worlds poor.

Prathap Tharyan, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-informed Health Care, Christian Medical University, Vellore, India, Director of Cochrane South Asia – Dr. Tharyan is professor of psychiatry at the Christian Medical College, Vellore.  He is the Director of the South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre (www.cochrane-sacn.org), and independent Centre of the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org) that is hosted at the Prof BV Moses Centre for Research and Training in Evidence-Informed Health Care and Health Policy.  He is a systematic review author and editor with the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group and a systematic review author with many other Cochrane Review Groups.  He has over 18 years experience in research synthesis and translational knowledge Dr. Tharyan is a program partner and member of the executive of the DFID-funded Effective Healthcare Research Consortium (http://www.evidence4health.org/). Dr Tharyan is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and works with the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group there. He is also a Visiting Professor to the Julius Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Tharyan is an Associate Editor with the open access journal “Trials”; as well as “The Journal of Evidence Based Medicine”; “The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics”, “The Indian Journal of Psychiatry,” and the journal “Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health.” He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the “British Medical Journal”. Dr. Tharyan is a member of the steering group of the Clinical Trials Registry-India (www.ctri.in) and a member of its technical working group. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Indian Council for Medical Research. He is a life member of the Forum for Research Ethics Committees in India (FERCI).

Andrzej Turkanik

Andrzej Turkanik, Bible Expositor,  Quo Vadis Institute, Austria – Dr. Andrzej Turkanik, a native of Poland, born and raised during the Communist regime, completed degrees in music and art in Poland as well as theology in Germany, before earning his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University. Following a period of academic teaching, he became convinced of the need to forge a movement that would devote itself to the renewal of European society based on the biblical principles. The Quo Vadis Institute, of which he is Executive Director, is dedicated to helping a new generation ask the questions as to what true human flourishing means for the changing societal landscape in Europe. In this capacity Dr. Turkanik travels widely speaking at professional conferences and symposia in partnership with key influencers and thinkers across Europe and beyond. Dr Turkanik is married and has three children.


nancy-wespetalNancy Wespetal, Family Physician, USA – Nancy Wespetal is a board certified family physician who has spent the last 20 years in Russia and Ukraine serving in various capacities.  Her main interests are medical evangelism , helping patients in rural areas and teaching medical students and residents the family medicine she has been practicing for 30 years