January 3, 2023

Announcing the latest Partnership Development Grant recipients

The awards will fund collaborations in China, Ghana, Indonesia and Turkey.

Five UMMS faculty members will receive funding from Global REACH to support international collaborations through the most recent round of Partnership Development Grants.

Supporting projects in Ghana, Indonesia, Turkey, and China, the grants will create new partnerships as well as strengthen existing collaborations that have been disrupted by COVID-19. The $10,000 awards – the first since the pandemic’s onset in 2020 – will fund international partnerships in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Gastroenterology, Emergency Medicine, and Ophthalmology, helping partners connect (or reconnect), build relationships, and begin to plan their work.

“After a few difficult years, our global health community at Michigan Medicine is eager to reengage with partners and resume the work they care so deeply about,” said Senior Associate Dean Joseph Kolars, MD, MACP. “Global REACH is proud to support their efforts and grateful that our colleagues and global partners remain committed to international collaboration.”

Below are the five award recipients. The next Partnership Development Grant Request for Proposals will open this month.


Identifying new targets for image-guided surgery of metastatic lymph nodes in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma
UMMS Lead: Thomas Wang, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine
Partner: Zhao Li, MD, Associate Professor of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Peking University Health Science Center, China


Enhancing female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery training in Ghana
UMMS Leads: Marie Bangura, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow, Emma Lawrence, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Partner: Gabriel Yao-Kumah Ganyaglo, MD, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana


A qualitative study of the prevalence of female plastic surgeons in Indonesia
UMMS Lead: Kevin Chung, MD, MS, Professor of Surgery
Partner: Dr. Teddy Prasetyono, MD, Ph,D, Universitas Indonesia


Development of aeromedical transportation service in Ghana
UMMS Lead: Rockefeller Oteng, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Partners: Ghana Armed Forces; Ghana National Ambulance System; and Ghana Emergency Medicine Faculty


Modeling and sequencing congenital cases of microphthalmia, anophthalmia and coloboma
UMMS Lead: Rajesh Rao, MD, Associate Professor Ophthalmology, Pathology, Human Genetics
Partner: Esra Tahir Ferda Ozkinay, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey