The Dr. Bob Cropsey Togo Surgical Education Endowment
A Strategic Solution: Mentor African Physicians as Surgeons in order to Share the Gospel
The solution for Togo is to train African physicians as surgeons to meet the surgical and spiritual needs of this country. Ten percent of adult deaths and 20% of pediatric deaths could be avoided with surgical intervention. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery estimates that 30% of all medical problems require surgical involvement.
To meet this need, a surgical training program is being developed at Hôpital Baptiste Biblique (HBB) in Togo in a partnership with ABWE International. A relationship has been established with the Pan -African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) to have this hospital and training program approved in the near future as a PAACS training site to train African Christian surgeons to provide compassionate care to their patients. PAACS has been training and mentoring surgeons for over 20 years and currently has nine General Surgical training programs in eight countries. Once approved, Togo will be the 9th country with a PAACS training program.
To start a PAACS 5-year surgical and training program by 2020 that will graduate 1-2 residents per year, is our goal. We want to train surgeons for Togo, prepared to serve and lead their communities.
More About Dr. Cropsey
Bob grew up on a farm in SW MI not far from Kalamazoo as the oldest of 7 children. He had many opportunities to listen to visiting missionaries who visited his country church to share of some of the great physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. God put a passion in his heart to begin preparing to serve as a missionary physician. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Shannon, who became an RN and was called to serve with Bob. Bob graduated from Univ. of Michigan Medical School in 1973 followed by a surgical residency in Ann Arbor. God blessed them with four delightful sons, Luke, Matt, Josh, and John. They were commissioned as ABWE missionaries in 1980 and after French language training they arrived in 1983 in Togo, W. Africa. They arrived to become part of a pioneer bush hospital working at the new Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital.
Since those early days in the mid-80’s this small rural hospital with 30 beds in southern Togo became a major referral center with 50 beds for the southern region and, unbelievably, the second busiest hospital in the country eventually. It has had a major impact on the health of the region. The hospital has its own nursing school, community health program, and a mobile medical team that has also been a great tool provide healthcare education and service in the region. It has been training Togolese nurses for 20 years and is now gearing up to become a surgical training center for African surgeons and expanding to 100 beds in the next 5-8 years.
In 2002 God gave us opportunity to see the great physical and spiritual needs of northern Togo. The Hospital of Hope opened it doors two years ago in the city of Mango 250 miles to the north. It is a busy 65 bed hospital with over 15,000 new outpatients annually along with over 3000 admissions and 1000 surgeries annually. The excitement of this Muslim city having comprehensive healthcare for the first time ever has brought great hope and help to this city. What a blessing as we also see a great spiritual hunger for the Truth and knowing about our loving God who cares for them.
Since 2003, our home base has been Ann Arbor, MI. Our focus has been recruiting healthcare professionals with a passion for reaching people groups where no or minimal healthcare exists. . It is a joy to take teams to Africa or Asia three or four times yearly to experience medical missions first hand. We also travel North America looking for healthcare professionals with a similar passion to be involved in missions as physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrators, to staff our hospitals and clinics in 10 different countries.
CVV for Dr. Cropsey
2015- present: Short term surgeon (2-3 weeks, 2-4 times/yr) Hospital of Hope and Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital (KKMCH), Togo, W. Africa
2010- 2015: Operational consultant and equipment acquisition & shipping coordinator, Hospital of Hope
2009-2012: Fund Raising co-sponsor , Hospital of Hope
2005–2010: Layout and planning coordinator, Hospital of Hope
2003-2014: Short term surgeon (2-3 weeks, 2-4 times/yr), KKMCH
2003-present: ABWE International Director of Healthcare Mobilization, Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105
2003-present: Staff surgeon; surgical technical assistant, Chelsea Community Hospital, Chelsea, MI 49118
1998–2002: Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, KKMCH
1993–1998: Staff Surgeon, Huron Valley Surgery, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
1987- 1993: Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery, KKMCH
1989-199: Hospital Director, KKMCH
1983–1993: Staff Surgeon, KKMCH
1979-1981: University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI; Staff surgeon,Instructor, Dept of General Surgery
1974-1976: United States Naval Reserve, Medical Corps General medical officer aboard USS Iwo Jima & Marine Recruit Depot, Paris Island, SC
DOB: October 8, 1946
Parents: State Senator (ret.) Harmon & Marian Cropsey, DeWitt, MI
Wife: Shirley Sue Cropsey
Children: Luke (43), Matthew (41), Joshua (40), John (37) and 13 grandchildren
Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007
Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, 2007
Advisory Board of Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, 2007
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, 1998
Christian Medical Dental Association 1981
International College of Surgeons, 1980
French Language Study, Quebec, Canada 1981-82
Licensed Minister of the Gospel, 1980
Diplomat American Board of Surgery 1980 -2012
Surgical Residency, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 1976-1979
Surgical Internship, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 1973-1974
MD 1973, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S. 1969, Michigan State University, Physiology, East Lansing, MI
High School 1965, Penn Harris Madison H.S., Mishawaka, IN
State of Michigan, Cert. #4301036466 Board of Medicine
State of Michigan, Controlled Substance License #5315047863
UPIN: F42205 NPI: 1750482261