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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.

Our Goal

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


    Education /Certification

    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


    Medical Licensure

    State of Michigan,  Cert. #4301036466 Board of Medicine

    State of Michigan, Controlled Substance License #5315047863

    UPIN: F42205   NPI: 1750482261