The Sund family, Greg, Stephanie, and their three children: Ella (’04), Mekdes (’05) and Biniyam (’09) first served in Kibuye, Burundi, through a nine-month internship beginning in Fall 2014. Greg was the only anesthesiologist/critical care physician on a team of medical missionaries at Kibuye Hope Hospital, which is a teaching hospital that serves a rural area of Burundi. The Sunds currently live in Bellingham, Wash., where Greg works as an anesthesiologist. The family is currently preparing to return to Burundi for long-term service.
Greg grew up in Vienna, Va. He attended the University of Washington and earned a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He then attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and served a residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He completed a cardiac anesthesia fellowship at Emory University.
Greg served as an Elder for Redeemer Church in Bellingham for five years preceding a sabbatical. During Greg’s sabbatical the family lived and served in Burundi.
Greg has made multiple short-term medical mission trips and has seen first-hand the value of medical education in underserved areas. His desire is to help raise up a generation of well-equipped East African physicians. Greg will teach anesthesia and critical care medicine to students and nurse anesthetists for Hope Africa University. He will also work to increase the capacity of the hospital to handle more complicated surgical patients.
Stephanie grew up in Wilmington, Mass. She attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. in Nursing. Stephanie worked for eight years after graduation as a nurse on a cardiac unit, first in Baltimore and then in Denver. She served as a traveling nurse in Seattle. Currently Stephanie is focused primarily on raising their children and looks forward to helping with nursing education in Burundi.
Greg serves on the U.S. advisory board for Yezelalem Minch, an Ethiopian non-profit.