Joseph B. Africa, MD, is an active staff member of the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and Transplant Center. Dr. Africa graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines) Pre-Med BS Biology-Accelerated Program (1988) and Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (1993), and was a topnotcher in the Philippine Board of Medical Examinations (1994). He completed his internal medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, East Campus Program in New York, NY (1995-98).
After being certified by the American Board of Medicine in 1998, Dr. Africa returned to the University of Santo Tomas to finish a five-year general surgery residency where he was administrative chief resident for two years and certified by the Philippine Board of Surgery in 2004. He then completed a two-year Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery Fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC (2004-06). Prior to coming to CAMC, Dr. Africa was an attending kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute in Washington, DC from 2008-2012.
Dr. Africa’s academic interests include transplant immunosuppression management, specifically the use of Alemtuzumab and minimization protocols, and small-incision recipient transplant surgery. He has been involved in transplant fellow and general surgery resident teaching and training in the Philippines as Vice Chairman at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute.