Hey, I'm Marcella!
Welcome to my blog!
Born and bred in Sierra Leone, I am an Orthopaedic/Trauma Surgery resident living in Nairobi, Kenya. I recently moved here to start my surgical training.
My journey in Surgery started in 2016 when I met a mentor who changed my life. In the ensuing years, I've crafted a path and a career in Ortho/Trauma, research and Global Surgery.
As a Commonwealth Scholar, I completed my first master's degree in Global Health and Development from University College London and my second in Surgical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, UK. I am a 2020 Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni and a 2022 Royal College of Surgeons of England Humanitarian Surgery Innovation Fellow. I led the International Students' Surgical Network (InciSioN), Sierra Leone chapter, for two years. In addition, I sat on the Research Council for the Gender Equity Initiative in Global Surgery.
I started this blog in 2020 to share stories about my journey in Ortho and random life experiences. Being a woman daring to pursue a career in a field traditionally dominated by men and gender-stereotyped is not an easy feat. Still, deep down in my heart, with all the many things I can do or be, I cannot think of anything that excites me as much as Trauma Surgery! So follow my journey into the unknown as I try to navigate my way into being an ortho/trauma surgeon and a global health researcher and find that 'work-life balance' (whatever that is 😃😁).