Adventist Physicians Confront Ebola

Graduates of Loma Linda University School of Medicine are helping to deliver health care to patients in the midst of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In the left photo, Dr. Gillian Seton (center) is flanked by Dr. Roger Hadley (left), dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Dr. Carlos Garberoglio, professor and chair of surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In the right photo, Dr. James Appel and his wife, Sarah, are joined by Dr. Richard Hart (top), president of Adventist Health International and Loma Linda University Health. Credit: ANN

Graduates of Loma Linda University School of Medicine are helping to deliver health care to patients in the midst of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In the left photo, Dr. Gillian Seton (center) is flanked by Dr. Roger Hadley (left), dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Dr. Carlos Garberoglio, professor and chair of surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In the right photo, Dr. James Appel and his wife, Sarah, are joined by Dr. Richard Hart (top), president of Adventist Health International and Loma Linda University Health. Credit: ANN

Two Adventist doctors–Gillian Seton and James Appel (a member on the APF Advisory Board)–who have been screening potential Ebola patients at Cooper Hospital in Liberia, are currently in the United States. Dr. Seton plans to return to Liberia, while Appel will be returning to Chad where he has worked for more than a decade. We feature Appel’s book, Nasara, on the APF resource page.

Here is a non-exhaustive round-up of the considerable media coverage they have received:

LLU Alumni Deliver Health Care at Ebola Stricken Region (ANN, 15 Aug 2014)

Dr. Gillian Seton, a 2008 graduate of Loma Linda, has served since February at Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia as a participant in the university’s Deferred Mission Appointment program. The program, developed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, provides financial support to medical and dental students committed to overseas mission service.

Another physician, Dr. James Appel, a 2000 Loma Linda graduate, is expected to arrive this week in Liberia to provide medical care alongside Seton at Cooper Adventist Hospital. Appel has spent the last decade as a family medicine physician in the north-central African country of Chad. (article link)

Back from Africa, Loma Linda University Med School Grads Discuss Ebola (Steinberg, The Sun, 28 Oct 2014)

Seton and Dr. James Appel were in Loma Linda recently to attend the Global Healthcare Conference at Loma Linda University and speak to community members.

Lack of protective gear, few sinks for handwashing and little training in infectious disease control combine to make hospital work in West Africa dangerous, as this year’s outbreak Ebola takes its toll, according to Loma Linda University medical school graduates back from the continent.

“I am very disappointed by the American public’s reaction (to the Ebola threat),” said Seton, 33. “It makes me very angry.”

Seton and Appel bristle at the notion that Ebola can spread like a wildfire.

“The only way to get Ebola is if someone vomits on you, defecates on you, urinates on you or bleeds on you,” Seton said in an interview. (article link)

James Appel Documents Journey to Liberia (Appel, Adventist Health International)

Loma Linda University grads staying in Ebola-plagued region (Steinberg, The Sun, 17 Aug 2014)

In Face of Ebola, California-Trained Doctor Treats Patients in Liberia (Aliferis, State of Health, 21 Aug 2014)

Colorado doctor helping the sick in Ebola-stricken Africa (Illescas, Denver Post, 24 Aug 2014)

Dispatches from Ebola-Hit Liberia (Appel, Spectrum, 8 Sept 2014)

Loma Linda physicians: U.S. Ebola preparedness inadequate (Steinberg, The Sun, 25 Oct 2014)

Headlines: Gillian Seton Says Ebola Epidemic Exaggerates Risks (Dietrich, Spectrum, 28 Oct 2014)

6 QUESTIONS: Missionary doctor returns from epicenter of Ebola outbreak (Kleckner, KULR 8, 30 Oct 2014)

Adventist Videos on Ebola

NAD Social Media Campaign – The Ebola Crisis in West Africa (NAD). “The North American Division is starting a social media based funding campaign to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Adventist Health International manages two hospitals in Sierra Leone and Liberia. They are working to provide much needed health care for the people of this region. Please support the dedicated medial professionals and staff who are putting their own lives on the line to provide relief to those suffering in West Africa.”

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/108797800″>NAD Social Media Campaign – The Ebola Crisis in West Africa</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/nadadventist”>NAD Adventist</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Adventism, Ebola, and You (3ABN). “Due to soaring interest in our 3ABN Today Live program, “Adventism, Ebola, and You,” we have just posted this two-hour program on YouTube. Viewers can watch this fascinating interview with Dr. Peter Landless, director of Health Ministries for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as well as Dr. James Appel, and Dr. Gillian Seton, who have just returned from caring for patients at the Cooper Adventist Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.”

Part 1 (YouTube)

Part 2 (YouTube)

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