Dr. Mel Cheatham presents “Responding to God’s Call – Sharing the Stories.“
Dr. Mel Cheatham
Dr. Cheatham is a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and also serves on the UCLA Neurosurgery Advisory Board. He is a past President of the California State Neurosurgical Society and past President of the Western Neurosurgical Society, organizations of the top neurosurgeons in the U.S. and Canada. In 1995, he received the prestigious American Association of Neurological Surgeons Humanitarian Award, and in 2001, World Medical Mission honored him with “The Footsteps of the Great Physician” award for missionary service. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international humanitarian assistance organization in which he serves as a Special Assistant to the President with special reference to North Korea. He has visited the country 28 times, bringing help to people in need of medical, dental and other humanitarian assistance. In this regard he meets periodically with North Korean Ambassadors to the United Nations, and is also in communication with U.S. government officials.
Since retiring from his neurosurgical practice, Dr. Cheatham and his wife Sylvia have devoted their full energies to medical relief work in developing countries and places where wars are being fought. They have done medical mission work in countries including Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda, The Congo, Sudan, South Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, former Soviet Union, and North Korea. Dr. Cheatham is the author of four books, each focusing upon “giving one’s life away, through service to others.”
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