"A lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding account ..."

Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest   Generation.

A Surgeon in the Village turns the modern philanthropic paradigm on its head."

Danielle Ofri, author of What Doctors Feel

"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."

Dr. Haile T. Debas, founder of U.C. San Francisco Global Health Sciences.

An uplifting true story ...

Dr. Dilan Ellegala is burned out. His quest to become one of the world's great neurosurgeons has wrung him dry.


To save his sanity, Dilan makes a decision, one that leaves his mentors rolling their eyes: He takes six months off to live in a missionary hospital deep in the Tanzanian bush.

There, Dr. Dilan suddenly confronts one of the world's most neglected public health problems - the shocking shortage of surgeons.

Every year, millions of people die because of this gap - more than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combinedAnd very few people are doing anything about this problem.

But with a surgeon's precision, Dilan knows what to do.


He embarks on a new quest, one that leads him to solutions that could save countless people across the world. 


This journey also may be his last chance at finding true love.

Buy the book, take the journey


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Book Source Notes

Click below for a comprehensive compilation of notes, photos and other sources used in the documentation in A Surgeon in the Village and Send Forth the Healing Sun (the Canadian edition's title.)