Personnel File: Katanga, E.
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Elijah Katanga, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, USS Eagle NCC-74329
88391 Alpha 89 Indigo
February 26, 2288
Maputo, Mozambique, African Confederacy (Earth)
completes Starfleet Basic Training with specialization in first aid medicine, assigned to USS Andor as corpsman with rank of Crewman Third Class.
Promoted to Crewman Second Class.
Completes medical technician training. Promoted to Crewman First Class.
Promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. Assigned to USS Trident.
Promoted to Petty Officer First Class.
Completes medical nursing training. Promoted to CHIEF PETTY OFFICER. Assigned to Starbase 74 as staff nurse.
Attends Starfleet Medical Academy on Earth.
Completes Starfleet Medical Academy with specializations in xenomedicine, epidemiology and virology. Promoted to LIEUTENANT J.G. Assigned to Starbase 74 as staff physician.
SD 2508 
Assigned to USS Hippocrates as Deputy Chief Medical Officer
SD 5510 
Promoted to LIEUTENANT. Assigned as Chief Medical Officer.
SD 6831 
Creates MAAP, Starfleet Medical’s Medical Assistance and Advisory Program with Dezwin Sigus.
SD 8109 
Nominated for Carrington Award.
Assigned to USS Ambassador as Chief Medical Officer. Promoted to LIEUTENANT COMMANDER.
Assigned to Starbase 1 - Disease Control and Prevention Center as Head Researcher.
Wins Carrington Award
Promoted to COMMANDER. Assigned to USS Hathaway as Chief Medical Officer.
Assigned to Starbase 1 as Chief Medical Officer.
Assigned to Starbase 74 as Chief Medical Officer.
Assigned to Starfleet Medical Academy as tutor.
Assigned to USS Billroth as Chief Medical Researcher.
Wins Carrington Award
Assigned to Starfleet Medical Earth-Atlanta as Head of MAAP
Honored with Carrington Lifetime Achievement Award.
Assigned to USS Eagle as Chief Medical Officer.
Elijah Katanga was born on February 30, 2288 in Maputo in the African Confederacy on Earth. He was born to Maria Katanga, a local school teacher and Kofi Katanga who spent most of his adult life as a Starfleet enlisted man, reaching the rank of master chief petty officer before retiring.
Elijah took from his father his desire to see the stars and signed up for Starfleet but deciding to go the enlisted route as well instead of spending four years at Starfleet Academy to become an officer.
Katanga signed up with a preferred specialization in medicine even though he later admitted that he had considered this decision to be mostly arbitrary this early in his career and assumed he would change specializations at a later point.
He joined a Starfleet Basic Training facility in Johannesburg in 2306, a day after his eighteenth birthday, and graduated Crewman Third Class with training in first aid medicine later that same year. He was assigned as a corpsman recruit to the USS Andor.
During the next few years, Katanga began to realize that he greatly enjoyed working in the medical field, especially when getting a chance to help treat alien races and getting to know their physiologies. He made the decision to continue in the medical field and successfully completed his training as a medical technician on the Andor in 2309.
Always seeking out new opportunities, Katanga secured a transfer to a larger starship in 2311 and after completing nursing training, was assigned as a staff nurse to Starbase 74 in 2317.
A few years later Katanga joined Starfleet Medical Academy on Earth to become a medical doctor, completing an accelerated course in 2322 to return to Starbase 74 as a junior doctor.
Katanga saw an opportunity in advancing his career in 2325 when he was offered the deputy chief medical position on the medical ship USS Hippocrates. He replaced the retiring CMO on that ship three years later.
From the early days as a medical doctor, Katanga had the desire to create a dedicated agency within Starfleet that would use its resources to send medicine and Starfleet medical personnel to planets facing health emergencies and regardless of their affiliation but within the framework of the Prime Directive.
Along with his close personal friend Doctor Dezwin Sigus (later Star) and other personnel from the Hippocrates, he formerly presented this idea to Starfleet Medical and Starfleet Command in 2328 but Starfleet would not agree to the program until a year later.
Katanga initially ran the fledgling agency along with Sigus from the Hippocrates which was used as the Medical Assistance and Advisory Program’s (MAAP) primary vessel. After a number of initial successes, Starfleet agreed to expand the program, and headquarters were set up at a Starfleet Medical facility in Atlanta on Earth. However, Katanga refused an offer to lead the agency from Earth and instead remained on the Hippocrates in order to continue to practice medicine.
For his efforts, Katanga along with Dezwin Sigus was nominated for the prestigious Carrington Award in 2332.
Katanga remained active with MAAP for the rest of his Starfleet career even if he constantly sought out new challenges. He served as chief medical officer on the USS Ambassador and USS Hathaway, served as head researcher for the Disease Control and Prevention Department on Starbase 1 where he would later become the chief medical officer of Starfleet’s largest medical installation. He spent two years as a tutor at Starfleet Medical Academy and has been awarded with three Carrington Awards including a lifetime achievement award.
In 2357 at the age of sixty-nine and after having earned a near-legendary reputation within Starfleet Medical and helping install many regulations and practices to make Starfleet’s medical efforts more efficient, he finally accepted leadership of MAAP, the agency he helped create.
Over the following decade, Katanga significantly reduced his active participation in MAAP missions and instead focused on administrating the agency which had grown to become one of Starfleet Medical’s largest. He also took on the role of mentoring young doctors including Ashley Wenera when she joined MAAP in 2368 and he developed a particular fondness for the eager young physician.
In 2375 Katanga agreed to Wenera’s request to take over her position as chief medical officer on the USS Eagle when she stepped down for personal reasons.