LibPositives Spotlight of the Week Heounohu Hessou

LibPositives Spotlight present Heounohu Hessou 

Heounohu Hessou is finishing his clinical rotations as a medical doctor in training at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia. He is currently assigned at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. A true product of the Liberian education system, Heounohu graduated from Haywood Mission Institute in 2008 and later attended Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in biology and chemistry. 

Having spent his entire life in Liberia, Heounohu prides himself on being resilient after having lived through the wars and other conflicts. He credits his experiences in Liberia to his passion to serve people and help build a healthy community.

The Ebola outbreak in 2014 reaffirmed Heounohu’s decision to study and work in healthcare. He was selected for a training course facilitated by the WHO and the Ministry of Health in preparation to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). During the crises, he worked in an ETU as a clinical support staff member, which encouraged him to narrow his focus to internal medicine as well as do a fellowship in infectious diseases. 

            In 2016, Heounohu was accepted for a month long Observership program in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University Of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. While there, he shared with many doctors and experts in the field his experience in the ETU as well as the medical practices in Liberia. Following this phase of his training, Heounohu hopes to become the best infectious disease specialist and a driving force in the improvement of Liberia’s healthcare system.  

            When he’s not seeing patients at JFK, you can find Heounohu surfing and camping out on the beautiful beaches in Liberia.