Dr. Cory Siffring, a trauma surgeon for over 25 years, sits on Hope To Walk’s Board of Directors. His extensive outreach experience gives the charity a robust vision for the future.
After graduating from medical school in 1986, Cory studied general surgery in Youngstown, OH and critical care in St. Louis, MO. Now he is both full professor of surgery at Eastern Tennessee State University as well as an Acute Care Surgeon at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Kingsport, TN, where he oversees emergency general surgery and surgical critical care units.
Cory was a member of the United States Army Reserve for 22 years, including three tours of Afghanistan on surgical teams. Overseas, he treated soldiers, but also helped to win over hearts and minds by providing medical care to people in poverty.
Through many medical outreach trips in Uganda, Cory learned how best to serve environments with limited resources. He has helped develop several clinics in Uganda that are now fully staffed by Ugandan physicians and nurses, who see thousands of patients each year. In 2010, he met Hope To Walk’s Chairman, Michael Mabry, through his daughter Jessica’s involvement in One7 Ministries (meeting the needs of children and families in inner-city government housing). Cory has supported Hope To Walk’s international trips financially and also underwritten its website.
Most important of all, Cory brings a broad methodology and vision to empower communities with sustainable solutions. The Hope to Walk “Hope Center” model will teach participants worldwide to manufacture, fit, and distribute prosthetic limbs to their own people. He believes a successful strategy must be robust, developing local Hope Centers by first training people, then training them to train others.
When he has time off, Cory enjoys both diving and skiing. He and his wife have seven children, and they like traveling the world to visit family and experience distant countries.