Richard Owusu Nyarko is a registered/licensed senior health care practitioner in Ghana, West Africa. He has become the first International  Fellow of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialist (ACCWS™) from Ghana. 

In this feature, ACCWS  interviews Richard Owusu Nyarko and gets all the answers about his passions and ambitions. His accomplishments are noteworthy. 

Richard Owusu Nyarko is a: 

  • Diplomat member of the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA™) 
  • Doctor of Medicine / PhD candidate and holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, 
  • Master in Health Care Management (MHCM) 
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a health professional working in the hospital or clinic to save lives and help solve problems of the vulnerable. I saw my uncle die from a leg ulcer complication. In Ghana, West Africa we lack specialized health care professionals in medicine, surgery and wound care. Currently the ratio of general medical doctors to patients is 1:13000. Many treatments were tried but none successful.  After becoming a licensed health provider, I discovered after a review of his history, exam and findings that his leg ulcer was a cancer. I knew I was destined for a career in wound care.

What do you do for fun on your time off?

I usually concentrate on my backyard garden and visit my farms when I am free. When conditions are well and I have a good financial budget, I love to travel.

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be, and why?

I would love to meet President Barrack Obama and President Donald Trump. I like both of them personally an I like their way of governance. They have managed to achieve good economic indicators for the USA. This is very important to me because Africa, West Africa benefits from the financial support, keeping our health care sector alive.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Wound care physicians or nurses in the USA.I would like to learn new methods of managing complex and minor wounds, ulcers, fractures, lacerations. In West Africa, we are still using old methods of treating wounds.

Why is wound care the best field for you?

I love the field of wound care and in the near future I plan to begin formal training in surgical oncology. West Africa has none.

Who is the most memorable professor you’ve ever had and why?

My professor, Mrs. Dorothy Awuah Peasah, from Presbyterian University College in Ghana. She encouraged us to be professional and ethical health care professionals.

What is the biggest change you have seen in your specialty since you started practicing?

Hospitals are now moving away from folders or books in keeping patient’s records. Most hospitals are using electronic medical software. It is paperless now making medical records safe since at first most folders went missing. 

Tell us about a patient who changed your life/your approach to medicine/your outlook.

I use my Uncle’s predicament as a guide and probe deeper in my patient’s illness. I do lots of consultations with a specialist to find a better and safer plan of care for them.

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