Keir Thelander was born in a suburb of Chicago and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently completed his general surgery residency at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, OH, in 2004. After a short time working as a General Surgeon in Cleveland, Keir was led to train and disciple African doctors to become surgeons. Keir’s young family of 4 embarked on a transcontinental adventure which took them to Bongolo Hospital in the southern part of the country of Gabon. For 8 years Keir served as the Program Director of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) surgical residency program as well as the medical director of this 150-bed facility. Additionally, over their last few years in Gabon, Dr. Thelander fulfilled the role of Team Leader for the over 20 ex-patriates living in Bongolo, while he also worked as the West/Central Africa Director for PAACS. Presently, Keir is the Chief Medical Officer of PAACS. In this role he oversees the 15 PAACS training programs that are spread across the African continent. A few of Keir’s passions are helping doctors and all people to thrive no matter the circumstances as well as surgical education in cross-cultural contexts. Keir now lives in Cleveland, OH, and is married with 2 children.