Medicus Christi Wed, 02 Mar 2016 21:01:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A somber announcement Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:23:31 +0000 It is with great sorrow that we must share with you, the friends and supporters of Medicus Christi, Ltd., that our Founder and Executive Director, Joe Marotta passed away suddenly at his home the evening of Feb. 8, 2016. You can imagine what a shock this is to his family – he was only 57 years old. Please keep his wife Kate, and his children, Joe Jr. and Anna, as well as his parents and extended family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Longtime friend and mentor, former Siena president Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M. said the following about Joe, “Dr. Joe Marotta will be forever known as a loving son, brother, husband, father, physician-healer, friend, and a dedicated Catholic-Franciscan missionary. He was my friend and my doctor who significantly improved the quality of my life by using his skills as an orthopedic surgeon to replace my degenerating hips. I will miss his friendship and his passion for assisting people in need. He was a person of deep faith who publicly shared his belief in Jesus Christ and acknowledged that he had been called to use his skill as a surgeon to help others. Through many people, including Fr. Kofi, his pastor who introduced him to Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana and who currently directs the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace, Joe became especially interested in helping people in Ghana. He put his passion into practice by establishing Medicus Christi, an organization dedicated to improving medical care for people around the world.”

The family has asked that you keep Joe’s vision and memory alive with your continued support of Medicus Christi, Ltd., memorial contributions can be made in memory of Joe to Medicus Christi, Ltd, 16 MacAffer Dr, Menands NY, 12204 or on MedicusChristi.Org.

The Medicus Christi Board and Joe’s family will work diligently to ensure that all funds raised by Medicus Christi will be spent in the way Joe would envision and have wanted.

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Dr. Marotta with the Holy Father Sat, 24 Aug 2013 21:40:41 +0000 One on One

Video Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:29:40 +0000 Who is Medicus Christi? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:21:01 +0000 Medicus Christi was founded to provide modern and compassionate medical care to impoverished peoples of the Third World.  Guided by the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Holy Physician, our organization strives to bring highly skilled medical professionalism into poor countries where crucial medical and surgical expertise are desperately lacking.

In 2005, Father Kofi became pastor to a small parish in upstate New York where he met Dr. Joseph Marotta, an Orthopedic Surgeon who became inspired to share his knowledge and skills with the needy peoples of Africa.  With the help and guidance of Father Kofi’s close friend, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, the idea which would eventually become Medicus Christi was born.  The first medical mission project will be to organize an orthopedic treatment, rehabilitation, and training center in the Sunyani Diocese in the west African country of Ghana.


The people of Africa have suffered through many generations of civil strife and political upheaval as well as natural disaster.  Many areas cling to outdated beliefs regarding illness and medical care.  Compared to the wealthy, industrialized countries of the world, many African nations rank near the bottom of most economic indices, life expectancy, infant mortality, access to medical care and availability of even basic health necessities, nutritional needs, injury management techniques, pharmaceuticals and equipment required for the evaluation and treatment of both chronic illness and emergency care.  As such, these people must persevere with little or no hope of recovery from many disorders and injuries we in the West find relatively easy to care for and cure.

One recent report found that, in particular, sub-Saharan Africa was particularly lacking in the management of trauma and orthopedic conditions.  Some cases which should have presented acutely to local caregivers often surfaced weeks or even years down the line.  Economic hardships and the need to prioritize funding by local governments has placed the care for non-threatening maladies far down the budgetary list.  Cultural, traditional and economic factors force many to live with their problems until they can bear their deformities and sufferings no longer.  Patients who do present for care are often disappointed by long waiting times and inadequate treatment.

An article by a former orthopedic surgeon at the Ghana Medical School noted that between 1974 and 1997 only four orthopedic surgeons had been trained in his country.  Another report lamented the limited access to orthopedic services and woefully low number of orthopedic surgeons in Ghana in particular.  It is estimated that there are currently only 15 trained orthopedic surgeons across the country, or roughly one for every 1.5 million people.

Several recent humanitarian groups have donated their time and efforts to bring improved medical care to Ghana.  Specifically, orthopedic educational programs have been sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the Orthopedic Trauma Association.  Teams of surgeons performing various orthopedic procedures have made trips from the New York City area and Europe though the efforts of FOCOS, Austrian Doctors for the Disabled and Motec Life UK.

As important and helpful as these trips have been, their impact on the long term health of these suffering people is limited.  Ghana and many other suffering countries of the Third World desperately need a lasting, growing medical presence that will not only work, “in country,” for a short period, but establish a lasting clinical presence of caregivers, clinics, hospitals, operating rooms and outreach programs that will sustain ongoing care efforts for years to come.  Eventually, educated and well-trained local physicians and medical personnel will carry on into the future.

Our Plan

Medicus Christi proposes a long-term solution.  We plan to set up The Franciscan Orthopedic and Rehabilitation CEnter (F.O.R.C.E.) at Holy Family Hospital, and The West African Learning Center (W.A.L.C.) for Orthopedic Surgery.  These two facilities together will offer state-of-the-art care as well as training for African physicians to become the next generation of orthopedic specialists.  The FORCE/WALC for Orthopedic Surgery will be located in Berekum, Ghana.  Starting as a fully functional outpatient clinic sharing inpatient beds, Emergency Room and OR space with the Holy Family Hospital, it will be staffed by local medical personnel, supported by Medicus Christi volunteers.  Within three years, the FORCE/WALC  for Orthopedic Surgery will begin adding its own beds, OR rooms, ER space and dedicated educational facilities for Africa’s future medical providers.

As our organization grows and expands, we hope to branch out into other areas of medical care establishing a full time working, teaching, modern medical community.    Physicians, surgeons, nurses, technicians and materials handlers will staff this state-of-the-art facility supported by the philanthropy of various sources in the West and visited frequently by a rotating army of international experts donating their time and talents for volunteer missions.

Our board of international professionals will guide us along the way.  Our church will strengthen and enrich us and our faith will support us and enlighten our efforts.

Medicus Christi Meets with the President of Ghana, West Africa Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:20:27 +0000 IMG_1211


Medicus Christi, Ltd. Board Members Kate Marotta, Dr. Joseph Marotta, Kwame Fosu and Deputy Ambassador Philbert Johnson meet with the President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama(center)

















As the world watched the papal Conclave, CNN sat down with Dr. Marotta to speak with him about his friendship with Cardinal Turkson.  Click here to watch the segment on the CNN website.


Our Model of Medical Development for the Underserved Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:17:35 +0000 o_hosp2

Medicus Christi was established to improve the medical care of impoverished and underserved peoples of the developing world. However, MC was not designed merely as a medical relief agency alone. Instead, it aims to improve the capacity of these impoverished areas and advance their own delivery of these medical services autonomously and for the long run.  Towards this end, the Medicus Christi is aggressively working to establish a medical orthopedic presence within Ghana.  Breaking ground in 2016, Medicus Christi is overseeing the building of an orthopedic treatment, rehabilitation, and training center in the Sunyani Diocese of Ghana.  Called the Franciscan Orthopedic and Rehabilitation CEnter (F.O.R.C.E.) at Holy Family Hospital, and The West African Learning Center (W.A.L.C.) for Orthopedic Surgery.  The FORCE/WALC facility will offer state-of-the-art care as well as training African physicians to become the next generation of orthopedic specialists.

To make the FORCE/WALC facility a reality, Medicus Christi, in conjunction with the Diocese of Sunyani and the Holy Family Hospital and Nursing School in Berekum, is pursuing the following activities within the year 2016:

1. Breaking ground on the building program for the initial FORCE/WALC outpatient facility at the Holy Family Hospital in Berekum, Ghana (This site was chosen for its central location, well established and efficient administration and capacity for future expansion). Note that the FORCE/WALC facility will initially share OR, ER and inpatient bed space with the Holy Family Hospital and grow in stages. Over time a fully independent Orthopedic and Rehabilitation hospital center will be created as funding and capacity permit.

2. Import equipment and supplies to outfit that orthopedic treatment facility.

3. Hire appropriate personnel to staff a fully functional orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation center including orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, nurses and medical technicians.

4. Develop an academic program to train additional orthopedic specialists, surgeons, nurses, therapists and technicians.

5. Support a series of volunteer mission groups to assist in the implementation of modern orthopedic technology and techniques and supplement the training staff of the native teaching specialists working full time on site.

6. Begin a series of internet based training lectures (webinars) to supplement the on-site teaching program.

7. Establish a state-of-the-art laboratory facility with equipment to train orthopedic specialists on the latest surgical techniques and machinery.

8. Assemble an up-to-date library and computer/internet resource center.

9. Hold a series of continuing medical education courses and seminars and serve as an educational resource to orthopedic specialists from throughout the African Region.

If you would like to know about any part of the soon-to-be FORCE/WALC facility, please contact us at