Physiatrist and Sports Medicine Consultant Joins FOCOS
Renowned Physiatrist, Dr. J. Kweku Laast joins the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital medical team as a Physician Specialist and Consultant in Medical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.
Trained at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center (USA), he is also a faculty member at the Huashan Hospital Department of Rehabilitation (Fudan University, China).Born in Ghana, Dr. Laast completed his Secondary School education at the St. Augustine’s College located in the Central Region of Ghana and then proceeded to the United States of America (USA) where he received a Bachelor’s Degree (BSC.) in Microbiology from the University Of Notre Dame (USA). Dr. Laast obtained his Medical Degree from the Brody School of Medicine at the East Carolina School of Medicine.
After several years of practice in both the USA and Asia, Dr. Laast returned to Ghana with a wide pool of knowledge and experience to help improve the quality of healthcare in Ghana. Prior to his decision to join FOCOS, Dr Laast served as a member of Faculty at the University of Health and Allied Sciences at Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana, a position he still occupies.
“FOCOS strives to meet accepted global standards of care, and to be a Center of Excellence for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. It is the only such surgical facility in West Africa, and we plan to continue to provide leadership in the provision of surgical services and rehabilitation,” he said.
“Medical Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary specialty involving occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech/language therapy, led by a Physician Specialist, especially in the acute care setting where medically supervised therapy and recuperation is provided,” he added.
Being the only Ghanaian trained Physiatrist in the country, Dr Laast’s addition to the FOCOS medical team means the hospital can handle a wider spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions at their facility in Pantang. As a Physiatrist, Dr. Laast treats patients with sports injuries, stroke, general body pains, arthritis, and pre/postsurgical care rehabilitation, chronic disabilities related to cerebral palsy and among others.