Dr. Wendy Willmore BSc, MD, FRCSC
is a missionary surgeon working in Tanzania. She has committed her life to caring for those in need and she has a passion for training African physicians to do the same. While exploring several mission hospitals to see where God would have her practice, God opened a door in Tanzania, to fill an urgent need for a Program Director for the new surgical residency starting there.
Wendy works at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center and Selian Lutheran Hospital as a part of a great team of Tanzanian and expatriate workers who serve in the city of Arusha and surrounding region. As a staff surgeon, she brings healing to her patients with compassion and skill.
As a faculty member, she teaches her students and residents to do the same and models for them what a Christian surgeon should look like. As Program Director, she is responsible for designing the new program, organizing academic and spiritual curriculum, and keeping tabs on the well-being of her residents.
Here are more details on Dr. Willmore’s education, background and experience:
Dr. Wendy Willmore, graduated from Niagara Christian Collegiate as the Valedictorian of her
high school graduating class.
• She graduated from Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree
(Honours major in Biology / minor in Mission Studies & Chemistry.
• In 2002, she graduated from Queen’s University, School of Medicine, Kingston, ON,
• In 2008, she completed a 6-year residency in General Surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
• Also, in 2008 she set up a practice in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, as a General Surgeon.
• Dr. Wendy closed her practice in Newfoundland in December 2012.
• In mid-January, 2013, Dr. Wendy said farewell to family and friends and left for Africa to serve the Lord as a
Career Medical Missionary Surgeon as an itinerant Faculty Member,
under Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons
• After volunteering her time as a locum surgeon at three African hospitals in 2013, (Arusha Luthern Medical
Center, Arusha Tanzania; Kijabe AIC Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya; and Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya),
she accepted a call to serve as a full-time missionary surgeon at ALMC, Tanzania.
Previous Missionary Experience
• 1992 – Short-term Missions Trip to Brazil with Teen Missions International
• 1993 – Short-term Missions Trip to Evergreen Mission, Yonge St. Toronto, ON
• 1993 – Staff Cook @ Muskoka Woods Christian Sports Camp
• 1994 – Short-term Missions Trip to Orphanage (St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home, Maryland, U.S.A.)
• 1995 – Summer Missions in Mulita, Zaire with WEC International (at CECCA 16 Centre de Sante)
• 2000 – Summer Missions in Kijabe, Kenya with AIM International (@ AIC Kijabe Hospital)
• 2006-2007 – Three-month Clinical Practice in Kapsowar, Kenya with AIM International (@AIC Kapsowar Hospital)
• Willmore WS, AG Hill. 2001. “Acute Appendicitis in Rural Kenya”. East African Medical Journal. 78:355-357.
• “Resident Exposure to Operative and Non-operative Management of Trauma” … in St. John’s; Darrell Boone,
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Results unpublished.
• “Acute Appendicitis in Rural Kenya”.
Andrew Hill, Department of Surgery, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya. Published.
• “Treating Iron and Zinc Deficiency in Developmentally Disabled Adults with Pica”.
Irene Swift, Queen’s University, Department of Family Medicine,
Rideau Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Results unpublished.
• “Effect of Topically Applied Azadirachtin on the Fecudity of Rhodnius prolixus”. Senior Independent Study.
Gary Chiang, Professor of Biology, Redeemer College. Results unpublished.
• “Christianity and Missionary Medicine in Rural Zaïre”. Senior Independent Study.
Michael Goheen, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology. Results unpublished.
• Canadian Association of General Surgeons – Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008
• Couves Award for Resident Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland: Runner-up 2005 / Runner-up 2004
• Canadian Medical Association, Member
• Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Member
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow
• Christian Medical and Dental Society, Member
• Medical Staff Association, Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center – Treasurer 2009, 2010
Selected Skills and Interests
• Languages: Conversant in Kiswahili, with some conversational ability in French and Portuguese
• Choral and Church Music: arranging, directing and singing
• Canoeing, camping