"Lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding"
-Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
A Surgeon in the Village
Tony Bartelme's new book tells the uplifting true story of Dr. Dilan Ellegala's quest to teach brain surgery in one of the poorest and most remote places on earth.
Part love story, part global health investigation, A Surgeon in the Village is a vivid lesson in the power of teaching and discovery. In hardcover by Beacon Press.
"A harrowing and important book."
-The Washington Post
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What people are saying about A Surgeon in the Village.
"A highly inspirational story ..."
- Kirkus Reviews
"A Surgeon in the Village is an invigorating, uplifting and fast-paced new book by Tony Bartelme."
- Health Affairs
"Ellegala’s pioneering work reminds us that urgent global-health work isn’t limited to investing in preventable diseases."
"Bartelme’s narrative is thoroughly researched and his delivery warm and accessible."
- The (Charleston, SC) Post and Courier
"Problem solving, improvising, and expressing compassion permeate this unusual and fascinating chronicle."
"A Surgeon in the Village turns the modern philanthropic paradigm on its head."
- Danielle Ofri, author of What Doctors Feel
"Bartelme’s masterful command of narration helps a book about surgery, administration, and a bit of international politics read like a novel."
-Myrtle Beach Sun-News
"Tony Bartelme deftly weaves history and current affairs into a powerful true story of redemption and hope."
- James M. Scott, 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Target Tokyo
"Exceptionally well written ... this is a book that every student and practitioner of global surgery will find enjoyable and inspiring."
- Haile T. Debas, founder of U.C. San Francisco Global Health Sciences
"Bartelme writes knowingly of the dedication of a valiant doctor determined to change how modern medicine interacts with the world."
- Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully told story"
- Dr. John Schumann, Public Radio-Tulsa (Listen to interview!)
"A Surgeon in the Village” is an excellent read, even to non-global health aficionados, and sheds much-needed light on a neglected area of global health."
- Global Health TV
Tony Bartelme has earned journalism's highest honors for his investigative reports, including awards from ASNE, AGU, Sigma Delta Chi and the Scripps, Gerald Loeb and National Press foundations.
A former Harvard Nieman Fellow, he has been a finalist three times for the Pulitzer Prize.