Michael Cotton


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12 Jun, 2016


Michael Henry Cotton, MA(Oxon), MBBS(London), FRCS(England), FACS, FCS(ECSA), FMH

BA Hons (Oxon) : Natural Science (Chemistry) 1974; MA (Oxon) 1979; MBBS (London) 1979
FRCS (England) 1983; FACS 1999; Foundation Fellow, (COSECSA) 2002; FMH (Switzerland) 2008
Member, International Society of Surgeons, 1991-present;
Research Affiliate, Office of International Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada 2003;
Representative for Southern Africa, Global Academy of Surgery, Cairo, Egypt, 2003.

1989 Appointed Consultant Surgeon in Govt Practice, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe at
United Bulawayo & Mpilo Central Hospitals.
1989 Set up Flying Surgeon Service to 10 District & Mission Hospitals in Matabeleland,
supported by Mission Aviation Fellowship, (active till 2005)
1992-2007, Chairman Surgical Audit United Bulawayo Hospitals
responsible for surgical performance & analysis.
1995 Drew up plans for new A & E Dept, Mater Dei (charity) Hospital, Bulawayo
(in view of deteriorating services offered in Govt Hospitals)
1997 Published Language guide: Essential phrases for Health Workers (in Shona & isiNdebele)
1999 Elected Fellow American College of Surgeons
2000-2005 Organized Regular Donations of Surgical Equipment to Govt & Mission
Hospitals in Matabeleland (worth > £ 500000)
1989-2007 Performed over 7500 major operations in Africa and over 2000 endoscopic procedures
1989-2007 Published over 70 papers including chapters in text book of Tropical Surgery
1989-2007 Mentored over 100 trainee junior surgeons, over 10 from UK
2000-2007 Director, Accident & Emergency Department, Mater Dei Hospital, Bulawayo
Nov 2002 Elected Inaugural Foundation Fellow College of Surgeons of East,
Central & Southern Africa (COSECSA)
2003 Introduced Primary Trauma Care to Zimbabwe, running courses in
Bulawayo and Binga
2003-7 Examinations Co-ordinator, Membership Diploma, COSECSA
(Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Harare, Blantyre, Maputo)
2003-7 Head of Department of Surgery, Mater Dei Hospital, Bulawayo
2004 Co-ordinator, Surgical Skills Courses, Bulawayo
2004-6 Examiner, University of Zimbabwe Medical School, Harare
Apr 2006 Elected Inaugural Professor of Clinical Practice, National University of
Science & Technology (new) Medical School, Bulawayo,
Curriculum Coordinator & Surgical strategy Planner.
2006-2007 Surgical Outreach in Zomba, Malawi & Ifakara, Tanzania.
2006- Currently Chief Editor for new Edition of Primary Surgery (vols 1 & 2)
2007 Visiting Consultant Surgeon, University Clinic, Mannheim, Germany
2008 Elected Médecin Associé Emergency Services (Surgery),
University Hospital of Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2011 Founder member & chairman, International Collaboration for Essential Surgery, London, UK
2014 Chief Editor, Tropical Doctor.
2015 Visiting Volunteer Surgeon, Mandritsara, Madagascar.

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Consultant


  • International Cooperation for Essential Surgery

Work Location(s)

  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Population(s) Served

  • Other vulnerable populations


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Ndebele
  • Shona