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Peter Donkor, md, FWACS

Director, Office of Grants and Research,  KNUST

Dr. Peter Donkor is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Honorary Consultant at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi. He has previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Provost for Health Sciences. He is Head of the Department of Surgery and Vice-Dean of the School of Medical Sciences and has played a leading role in the training of surgeons in Ghana and West Africa over 20 years. Outside the University, he has served and continues to serve a number of national and international committees including the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana; Ghana Medical Journal and the West African College of Surgeons.  He is co-Founder and President of the Ghana Cleft Foundation and Founding President of the Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate.  He is the current 2nd Vice President of the West African College of Surgeons and Chairman of the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth). He is PI of PEPFAR/NIH funded MEPI  Emergency Medicine  and Trauma projects at KNUST.


Richard Henker PhD, CRNA, FAAN

AANA Representative

Dr. Henker is faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program. He has coordinated the development of nurse anesthesia programs through Health Volunteers Overseas in Belize, Cambodia, Lao, and Bhutan. He practices as a nurse anesthetist at UPMC-Presbyterian, Angkor Hospital for Children, Lao Friends Hospital for Children and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital. Dr. Henker’s research focuses on genomics related to postoperative pain and malignant hyperthermia. He teaches at the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research and he has worked with faculty in Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia on the development of crisis team management courses using simulation teaching methods to improve patient outcomes.


Walt Johnson, MD, MPH, MBA

Lead, Emergency & Essential Surgical Care Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Walter Johnson  has worked part-time at WHO since 2012, joining WHO full-time in 2015. His primary responsibility is fulfilling the mandates of WHA Resolution 68.15 on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia as a component of universal health coverage. This can only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders, with the ultimate goal to bring safe, timely and affordable surgical care to low- and middle-income countries through high-performing surgical healthcare systems and workforce. Dr Johnson completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University in California, a Neurosurgery residency at SUNY-Brooklyn, followed by a cerebrovascular/skull base fellowship at UCLA. His career has been in academic Neurosurgery and he was Vice-chairman of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University until 2009. He has been involved with Global Surgery during the majority of his career, teaching as visiting professor in Hangzhou, China for several years, and being directly involved in developing general surgery residency training programs throughout Africa, training African physicians to become surgeons. Dr. Johnson also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in California, as well as a Masters in Public Health from that same institution.

Ohwofiemu Nwariaku, md, facs

Associate Dean, Global Health Professor of Surgery, UT Southwestern

Dr. Ohwofiemu Nwariaku  is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery at UT Southwestern. He holds the Malcolm O. Perry, M.D., Professorship in Surgery. As an endocrine surgeon, Dr. Nwariaku treats diseases and disorders of the pancreas and thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands with minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. His research focuses on neuroendocrine tumors and on developing new drugs for medullary thyroid cancer based on his team’s discovery of a particular protein that causes medullary thyroid cancer cells to grow. Dr. Nwariaku also is Associate Dean of UT Southwestern’s Office for Global Health, which was established in 2010 to direct and develop training and research initiatives with partners around the world. Dr. Nwariaku received his medical degree and early training in Nigeria before coming to UT Southwestern for his surgical residency and a research fellowship. He has been on the faculty at UT Southwestern since 1998. Dr. Nwariaku is a member of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center and a subcommittee reviewer for the National Cancer Institute. He also serves on the advisory board of the African Journal of Medicine & Medical Sciences and as an external review panelist for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Raymond R. Price, MD, FACS

Director, the University of Utah, Center for Global Surgery

Dr. Price received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed a surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Price is a General Surgeon practicing at Intermountain Surgical Specialists with Intermountain Healthcare. He is also a Professor, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences and Medical Director, Dr. W.C. Swanson Family Foundation, Ogden, Utah. He focuses on advanced laparoscopy, surgical oncology, endocrine, and trauma surgery.  He first developed a passion for global medical work while a missionary for two years in Thailand from 1978-80.  Since then, Dr. Price has participated in or led medical and surgical expeditions to Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Haiti.  Over the last 15 years, he has been dedicated to improving education and access to surgical care globally, especially in resource poor areas.  In 2015, Dr. Price received the Ralph C. Richard Award for Surgical Excellence and Caring Humanitarian from the University of Utah. Dr. Price serves as a co-chairperson of the Global Affairs Committee for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).  He served as co-chairperson of the Guidelines Committee for SAGES and Chairperson of the ACS International Governor’s Committee.  He served on the ACS Committee on Trauma for 20 years where he has been co-author on the 3rd and 4th editions of the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. In 2015, he received an Advanced Trauma Life Support International Meritorious Award.


Girma Tefera, MD, FACS

Medical Director, American College of Surgeons, Operation Giving Back

Dr. Girma Tefera  joined the staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services on February 2 as the new Medical Director of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) Program. OGB is a comprehensive resource that helps surgeons find volunteer opportunities worldwide that match their expertise and interests. The recipient of the ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2011, Dr. Tefera is professor of surgery, department of surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, he is vice-chair, division of vascular surgery and chief of vascular surgery, Middleton Veteran Affairs Hospital in Madison.  In his new role with the OGB program, Dr. Tefera will develop and lead ACS Clinical Congress programs in global surgery, coordinate the College’s response to disasters worldwide, develop new programs and opportunities for surgeon volunteers, communicate the work of OGB, and increase College participation and recognition among other similar global organizations. Dr. Tefera also will oversee a redesign of the OGB website to match members’ needs with volunteer opportunities. Dr. Tefera chairs the board of directors of the Ethiopian-American Doctors Group and is associate member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

featured speakers


G4 Alliance, Executive Director

Brendan Allen is an experienced senior manager and clinical and public health professional with over 20 years experience in the health sector (nursing, public health and health service management). For 15 years, he has led teams providing program management and technical assistance in low and middle income countries within the academic, private and NGO sectors. Brendan's most recent role was as Chief Operating Officer of the Nossal Institute Limited, the operating arm of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne). Brendan has significant experience in South and South East Asia, based for 3 years in Hanoi with the Nossal Institute managing a systems strengthening program at the National Hospital of Paediatrics. In previous roles, he has worked as project manager of the Australian Aid funded Indonesian Women’s Health and Family Welfare Project in Eastern Indonesia where he provided operational advice to the in-country team and donor reporting. He was Program Coordinator of the East Asia region with Oxfam Australia with responsibility for managing country programs in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and China with a particular focus on public and community health, water and sanitation and rural development activities.

Dr. Catherine R. deVries, MD

former Director, University of Utah Center for Global Surgery

Since her first volunteer surgical workshop in Honduras in 1992, Dr. deVries has been a devoted advocate for improving surgical and urological care in low resource countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.  She has inspired others to join the effort by founding the nonprofit, IVUmed in 1995 to support urological training in more than 30 countries.  IVUmed has also supported global surgical training for over 200 urological residents from the United States. Dr. deVries served as the founding Director of the Center for Global Surgery at the University of Utah.  She co-authored the seminal text, Global Surgery and Public Health: A New Paradigm, and has edited and authored specialty specific texts, chapters and journal articles and serves on the editorial board and review panels for several professional journals.


Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services (Retired)

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker served as the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs with the US Department of Health and Human Services (2014-2017) and previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the office (2011-2014). Prior to joining HHS, Ambassador Kolker was Chief of the HIV and AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters (2007-2011). He had a 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. State Department where he served as Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (2005-2007) and U.S. Ambassador to Uganda (2002-2005) and to Burkina Faso (1999-2002). He was Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Denmark and Botswana and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

Hon. Keith Martin MD, PC,

Executive Director, CUGH

Dr. Martin is a physician who has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) since 2012. CUGH focuses on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs. From 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons and also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. As a parliamentarian, Dr. Martin created, an online platform to facilitate partnerships between universities, governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. He is currently a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute, editorial board member for the Annals of Global Health and an advisor for the International Cancer Expert Corps. He has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Global Surgery Deficit, is a current commissioner on the Lancet-ISMMS Commission on Pollution, Health and Development and is a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance.


Dr. John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA  

Director, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Meara is Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Since 2008, he has Co-Directed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program in collaboration with Partners In Health. He co-chairs The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery to develop and assemble the best evidence on the state of surgery worldwide, to study the economics of surgical and anesthesia care delivery, and to develop strategies for improving access. Dr. Meara has a particular interest in augmenting the delivery of quality surgical care in low-resource settings. He is involved in multiple global surgery projects looking at the burden of surgical disease, surgical capacity and systems building in low-resource environments, surgical education, and the economic impact of untreated surgical disease. 

Guest Speakers

Tigistu Adamu Ashengo, md

Associate Medical Director, Jhpiego

Currently based in Washington D.C. Dr. Ashengo is a public health professional with over a decade of clinical and surgical experience developing country setting. Dr. Ashengo completed his medical studies and postgraduate training in Public Health in Ethiopia. Dr. Ashengo has designed large male circumcision for HIV prevention programs in a number of eastern and southern African countries. In his current role as Associate Medical Director of Jhpiego, Dr. Ashengo is working to strengthen the linkage, integration and public health approaches for the expansion of Maternal Health and Safe Surgery in Low and Middle Income Countries. Dr. Ashengo collaborates with the WHO for the development of training manuals for adult and infant circumcision, and is member of the Technical Advisor Group (TAG) on the use of medical devices for circumcision surgery. He is a keen learner of the science of implementation, and ways to use it to improve access and quality of Safe Surgery.

In addition to his current role at Jhpiego, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Ashengo is an Assistant professor of Public Health at the St. Paul Medical College, department of public health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


David Barash, md

GE Foundation, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, Global Health

Dr. David M. Barash is the Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation.  The Foundation’s Developing Health initiatives are approached with the belief that simple interventions, along with strong partnerships and leaders, are often the answer to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. Dr. Barash is a practicing emergency medicine physician with more than 30 years’ experience.  He has focused a great deal on understanding how new technologies can be commercialized and delivered to effectively close the gap between brainstorm and bedside.

Prior to joining the GE Foundation, Dr. Barash was Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Solutions and Executive Medical Director of Health Care Services for GE Healthcare.  He was also Founder and President of Concord Healthcare Strategies, where he provided strategic and operational expertise to medical technology investors and development stage medical technology companies. David is a graduate of Cornell University and author of several clinical publications.


Claire Burgardt, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Indiana University

Dr. Claire Burgardt is a skilled and diligent surgeon caring for the Avon, IN community. Dr. Burgardt attended Indiana University, where she earned her degree in medicine. Dr. Burgardt is a part of IU Health Physicians General Surgery. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Burgardt treats a range of conditions, and she is eager to help the wider community receive the care they deserve. She gives each patient her focused attention, and she prides herself on delivering the best treatment available.


Dan Deckelbaum, md

Co-Director, Centre for Global Surgery-McGill University Health Centre

Dr. Dan Deckelbaum is assistant professor at the Divisions of Trauma and General Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), associate member of the Department of Epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University, and honorary associate professor of the National University of Rwanda. He obtained his subspecialty training in trauma surgery and critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. During his fellowship he also completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Miami. In addition to his passion for clinical practice, he has developed an avid interest in global surgical education and development, as well as disaster preparedness and response, establishing and co-directing the Centre for Global Surgery MUHC. He has an extensive experience in implementing capacity building programs in resource limited settings across the globe. This includes education and research programs for emergency and trauma capacity strengthening. He also has experience in disaster contexts where he has been previously deployed such as in Haiti, Nepal, and sub-Saharan Africa.


Milliard Derbew, MD FRCS

President, COSECSA

Dr. Miliard Derbew is an Associate Professor of pediatrics surgery at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. He is also a Project Director for Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty project for Ethiopia, MEPI-JF. Since 2015, he is the president of College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). He was the Principal investigator of Medical Education Partnership (MEPI) project, a five years project which was a consortia of four medical schools in Ethiopia and five universities in the United States, focused on building institutional capacity. He has served as Chief Executive Director (with a rank of Vice President) in  the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University (2010- 2011) and was the Dean of the School of Medicine from 2007- 2010. He has also served as President of the Surgical Society of Ethiopia and a Vice president of COSECSA. Dr Miliard graduated from Medical school and specialized in Surgery from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University. He has done his fellowship in Pediatrics Surgery at Tel Aviv University. He is a founding Fellow of the COSECSA and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr. Miliard has published widely.


Elizabeth T. Drum, MD, FAAP, FCPP

medical director, anaesthesia/sedation services, attending anesthesiologist, the children's hospital of philadelphia

Dr. Drum is an attending anesthesiologist and medical director of Anesthesia/Sedation Services in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Drum received her MD from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia where she also did a residency in anesthesiology. She has received a variety of awards and honors including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2004 and the International Physician of the Year, in 2015. Dr. Drum has been a member of the International Anesthesia Research Society as well as the American Society of Anesthesiologists since 1988 to present.


Faye Mazo Evans, MD

Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Evans is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her specialty is in pediatric anesthesia. Dr. Evans earned her MD from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed her anesthesia residency at Emory University in 2004 where she also finished a combined fellowship in pediatric and pediatric cardiac anesthesia in 2008. Dr. Evans is the current Chair of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia’s Committee on International Education and Service, a member WFSA’s Education Committee, the vice-chair of the ASA’s Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee,  and also serves as a clinical advisor for Lifebox USA. Her global health work currently focuses on improving the quality and safety of anesthesia in the low-resource setting through education and advocacy. She has been involved with a variety of educational initiatives including participating with the CASIEF teaching program in Rwanda, the University of Nairobi Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship in Kenya, as well as the development of the Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) Paediatric Course.


Carlos A. Garberoglio, M.D.

General Surgery, Loma Linda

Dr. Garberoglio received his medical degree from Nacional University of Rosario in Argentina. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Chicago and State University of New York and his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Garberoglio is a surgeon in Loma Linda, California. He is also a Professor of Surgery, Chairman and Chief of Surgical Services at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Medical Center. Dr. Garberoglio clinical interests include: malignancies of the breast, malignancies of the gastrointestinal system, melanoma, hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancy, and Sarcomas. He is also interested in global health partnerships and the study of culture in relation to health disparities and the development of evidence-based interventions with culturally diverse populations and their health professionals.


Rahul M. Jindal, MD, PhD, MBA

Professor, USU-Walter Reed Department of Surgery and Global Health, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda

Dr. Jindal’s surgical career has been a combination of clinical transplantation, academic productivity and teaching, with a particular interest on global health and minority issues. Dr. Jindal academic interests are wide ranging including pancreatic islet transplantation, psychological aspects of dialysis and kidney transplantation, increasing minority rates of transplantation, analysis of national dialysis and kidney transplant data bases, and policy issues affecting global health. Author of "The struggle for life: A psychological perspective of kidney disease and transplantation" which has become a standard textbook for transplant and dialysis programs around the world. Dr. Jindal is the author or co-author of over 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical journals. In 2008, Dr. Jindal and his colleagues performed the first living kidney transplant in Guyana as well as setup the first comprehensive renal replacement therapy. This was followed by establishment of a corneal transplantation program in Guyana. Dr Jindal and his colleagues have now carried out 24 missions to Guyana averaging 3 a year. Dr Jindal also has several teaching and public health missions in India. Dr. Jindal received the Leadership Award by the “International Leadership Foundation”, Washington, DC, 2013. He also received the Outstanding American by choice award by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2013. The Governor of Maryland appointed Dr Jindal as Commissioner, Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, Maryland (2013). Dr. Jindal was also appointed as Commissioner to the Human Rights Commission, Montgomery County, Maryland (2014). Dr. Jindal was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to carry out research and teaching in India (2015-6) and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for 2015. During the Fulbright award, he established medical student exchanges between USU and several institutions in India.



RADM Admiral Peter H. Kilmarx, MD, an expert in global health and infectious disease research, policy, and programs, is the Deputy Director of the John E. Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, a preeminent center for global health research and capacity building. Dr. Kilmarx previously served as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Country Director in Zimbabwe, providing oversight for 30 CDC staff who managed implementation of the U.S. efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. A rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Kilmarx served as the CDC Ebola response team leader in Sierra Leone in September-October 2014, and as principal deputy team leader in Guinea in January-February 2015. Previously, he initiated the CDC response to the Ebola outbreak in Kasai Occidental, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in 2007, and led household surveillance in the Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC, in 1995. Dr. Kilmarx has held a variety of leadership positions at the CDC since 1996, including senior advisor to the Director for Health Reform and chief of the Epidemiology Branch — both in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. He also served as director of the CDC partnership with Botswana to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and related conditions, as well as the chief of the CDC’s Sexual Transmission Research Section in Thailand. Previously, he completed assignments in Pakistan and the DRC. An experienced research scientist, he has served as principal investigator on microbicide trials in Thailand, and as senior investigator in TB and HIV trials in Botswana. Until recently, he was principal investigator on HIV studies he initiated at public health facilities in Zimbabwe.

After earning his M.D. from Dartmouth-Brown’s Combined Program in Medicine, Dr. Kilmarx completed both his internal medicine residency and infectious disease clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He is board-certified in both specialties and is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and of the American College of Physicians. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He began his international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the DRC (then Zaire), where he helped develop fisheries that are still productive today.


Rifat Latifi, mD, FACS, FICS

Professor of Surgery, new york medical college; Director, Department of Surgery westchester medical center; president and founder, international virtual e-hospital foundation

Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, FICS, currently serves as Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College and Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. He is both the President and Founder of the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation.  In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Public Health at the University of Arizona and was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Medical Faculty at the University of Tirana, Albania. Dr. Latifi received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Prishtina, Medical Faculty, Prishtina, Kosova in 1982. He completed internships at the University of Prishtina and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. He also worked as Surgical Critical Care Fellow at Lincoln Hospital, New York Medical College. Dr. Latifi specializes in trauma, general surgery and critical care, with special interests in complex re-operative surgery, telemedicine and nutrition support of surgery and critically ill patients. Dr. Latifi is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has also authored/co-authored and edited 14 books and serves on the editorial boards of a number of peer-review journals.

He is the founder and president of a not-for-profit organization, the International Virtual e-Hospital (, whose mission is to assist in rebuilding the public healthcare system in developing countries by introducing and implementing telemedicine, telehealth, and virtual educational programs through the concept of the IVeH Network. Moreover, Dr. Latifi established the first teletrauma and telepresence program in Arizona, the Southern Arizona Telemedicine and Telepresence (SATT), which serves residents along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Since 2002, he has initiated and overseen a team of three national telemedicine programs in Europe (Kosova and Albania) and Cabo Verde (Africa), for which he has received the 2015 American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer International Surgical Volunteerism award. Dr. Latifi has also received “The 21st Century Achievement Award for Health” from the Computerworld Honors Program and the “International Award for Health Promotion” from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). He holds numerous teaching awards from residents and students.  Currently, Dr. Latifi is working with EPOS to establish an integrated telemedicine program in Hanoi, Vietnam through Decentralised Healthcare Systems - Telemedicine Project at Viet Duc to Provincial Hospitals.  He has participated as a volunteer surgeon in Operation Giving Back Bohol in the Philippines since 2006.


Barbara S. Levy, MD, FACOG, FACS

Vice President, Health Policy

Dr. Barbara S. Levy is the Vice President, Health Policy and administers ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health programs to improve patient safety and quality of women’s health worldwide. Dr. Levy also supervises The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health program (AIM), Voluntary Review of Quality of Care, Safety Certification for Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women’s Health, and many more. Dr. Levy has been a member of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) since 1999 and in 2015 she completed serving two consecutive terms as Chair of the RUC. The RUC is an expert panel of volunteer physicians and providers that issues recommendations to CMS regarding the relative work and direct practice expenses required to perform medical services. Before joining ACOG, Dr. Levy was in private ob-gyn practice and medical director of the Women's Health and Breast Center and Women's and Children's Services for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington. Recognized in 2015 by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executive and Leaders, she has published and co-authored more than 80 studies and articles related to her primary research interests: hysterectomy, endoscopic surgery, pelvic pain, surgical outcomes, and physician payment policy.

Jocelyn Logan MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Logan is a surgeon in Cincinnati, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Christ Hospital and University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Logan is a Board Certified Diplomate American Board of Surgery, 2011.  Dr. Logan is the Director of the Global Surgery Program of the University of Cincinnati. The mission of this program is to enhance surgical care and capacity in Malawi by utilizing senior U.S. surgical residents as well as inspire a transformative approach to global health.


William Magee, III, MD, DDS,

Dr. Magee is the Director of International Programs in the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) and Chief of Plastics and Chief of Plastics and Director of the cleft lip and palate program at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles.

As the oldest son of the founders of Operation Smile, a non-profit that provides free surgeries for children in developing countries born with cleft disease or facial deformities, Magee brings a unique, global background to the Division at CHLA, which he joined in 2008. Since he was 13, Magee has assisted Operation Smile teams all over the world in various roles. After obtaining his dental degree at the University of Maryland and his medical degree at George Washington University, Magee relocated to Los Angeles where he completed the six-year combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at USC. Magee has since focused his attention on Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is spearheading large-scale studies in an effort to expand the body of knowledge on orofacial cleft etiology and care. With his upbringing and exemplary training, Magee offers an energy and drive for pediatric work that extends beyond the boundaries of Los Angeles, expanding our areas of service and education for children around the world.


Berend Mets, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., FRCA, FFA(SA)

professor & chair, department of anesthesiology, penn state college of medicine 

Dr. Mets is the Eric A. Walker Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, USA. He serves as committee president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Global Humanitarian Outreach.  Dr. Mets received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1980, and was trained in anesthesiology in both England and South Africa. He served his residency (1985-1988) as well as earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology (1992) at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Mets has served as the President of the Society for Education in Anesthesia (2003/4) and as the President of the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations and the Association of Academic Anesthesia Chairs (2011/12) in the USA. Dr. Mets has served the WFSA in the Literature Distribution committee (2000/4) as a member of the Publication Committee (2004/12) as an American Society of Anesthesiology Delegate (current Chair of Committee) on the Venue Selection Committee (2008), and currently, as a member of the Management Board (2014) and an Executive Council member (2012-2016).


Juan Carlos Puyana, MD

Associate Professor, CCM and Surgery

Juan Carlos Puyana, MD is Associate Professor of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Past-President of the Pan-American Trauma Society, and Director of Global Health for the Dept. of Surgery at Pitt.  He was originally born in Colombia where he finished Medical School before completing his residency training at McGill in Montreal and his Trauma Fellowship at Yale. He is well aware of the many challenges facing the health system in Colombia and his experience places him in a unique and advantageous position to identify major gaps in the areas of clinical medical research, education and provision. As a clinician, Dr. Puyana is an active trauma and Critical Care Surgeon working at the Largest Level One Trauma center and Acute Care Center in Pennsylvania. He participates in, Fellowship, Resident and Student mentoring.  He is a vice-chairman for Pennsylvania at the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Over the past 10 years he has participated in several International Research and Training Collaborations in Latin America. Dr. Puyana is involved in promoting research, educational opportunities, and clinical collaboration in Latin America.


Jackie Rowles, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN

President, International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists

Dr. Rowles is a CRNA and Adult NP- BC specializing in pain management. She previously served as the United States country representative for IFNA following the World Congress in Den Hague, The Netherlands. Dr. Rowles is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Rowles is a former President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and served as interim Executive Director in 2009. She serves as the treasurer of the American Academy of Pain Management


Robert Riviello, MD, MPH

Director of Global Surgery Programs, CSPH; Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital Assistant; Professor of Surgery and Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Robert Riviello works in the Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care as an Associate Surgeon. Dr. Riviello divides his time between Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Rwanda, where he has served as the faculty lead for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program. His clinical and research interests are in global health, specifically the reduction of disparities and the expansion of surgical delivery for low-income populations by developing surgical workforce and surgical infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Riviello is an active faculty member of the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health and the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, through which he has mentored dozens of students and residents seeking to professionalize in the field of global surgery.


Lubna Samad, MD

Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan; Program Director Global Surgery, Global Health Directorate, Indus Health Network

Dr. Lubna Samad is a consultant paediatric surgeon dedicated to improving access to quality surgical care for those that need it the most. She trained in medicine at the Aga Khan University, and in paediatric surgery at the National Institute of Child Health in Pakistan and the Leicester Royal Infirmary in the UK. Her work in public sector hospitals in Pakistan has informed her understanding of the many individual, social and institutional barriers that result in poor access to quality surgical care. Dr. Samad joined Indus Hospital at its inception in 2007 and currently leads the global surgery program for the Indus Health Network. She represents the Indus Hospital at the G4 Alliance, which advocates for the neglected surgical patient.  She is a member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery. She is currently directing the design and implementation of several surgical care delivery and patient safety initiatives in LMIC settings.  Dr. Samad is also a Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and works closely with the Harvard’s Center for Global Health Delivery in Dubai.

Daniel B. Grossman, M.D.
Senior Director, Global Health, Medtronic plc

Daniel Grossman, M.D. is Senior Director of Global Health at Medtronic. He founded and leads Medtronic Labs, Medtronic’s effort to launch businesses that transform healthcare for underserved patients in emerging geographies by bringing locally-appropriate services, solutions, and products to market. At Medtronic, Dr. Grossman also advises across the organization on business development, strategy, and the changing environment of healthcare delivery in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Grossman practices Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minnesota and is a Clinical Instructor at Mayo Medical School.


Mamta Swaroop, MD

Co-chair, Global Affairs Committee, Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)

Dr. Mamta Swaroop is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and is Faculty for the Center for Global Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.   Dr. Swaroop’s research focus is Academic Global Surgery including trauma education and prevention. Dr. Swaroop has arranged and supervised several structured and educational international rotations for interested students, residents and fellows. She serves on multiple national and international leadership boards including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) the Indo-US Academic Council for Emergency and Trauma (ACET) and the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgery (WHO GIEESC).  


Shenglan Tang, MD

Professor of Medicine and Global Health, Associate Director for DKU and China Initiatives, Duke Global Health Institute, School of Medicine Medicine

Dr. Shenglan Tang is Professor of Medicine and Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute. He has been appointed as Associate Director of DGHI for China Initiatives, and will be Director of the new Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University in China. Tang has more than 20 years experience undertaking research on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries, and has provided consultancy services on health systems strengthening to many international organizations and governments of developing countries. In January 2012, Tang came to Duke from the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), based in Geneva, where he was Unit Leader for TB/HIV and Health Systems. He holds several appointments from leading universities, including Fudan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chongqing Medical University and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.


David Watters

Chairman, RACS Professional Development and Standards Board

David Watters is a General Surgeon with special interests in Endocrine, Emergency and Colorectal Surgery. In 2012, David Watters was elected chair of the Professional Development and Standards Board. David Watters is the author/editor of five textbooks relating to surgical practice in the tropics. His publication record includes over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters covering a wide range of subjects such as surgical training, surgical audit, trauma, peritonitis, critical care, gastrointestinal disorders, colorectal surgery, tropical diseases and HIV infection. He was RACS Director for the Pacific Islands Project (2002-2012) and the Papua New Guinea Tertiary Health Services Projects (2002-2010). He was external examiner in Surgery at the Fiji School of Medicine from 1999-2001 and 2009-2011. He has also, for short periods, been resident surgeon in Dili, East Timor.


Thomas G Weiser, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Dr. Weiser is a surgeon in Stanford, California and is affiliated with Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He received his medical degree from University of New Mexico School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Weiser’s research is focused on evaluating the role of surgical care in the delivery of health services in resource poor settings, particularly low and middle income countries. He is interested in barriers to access and provision of surgical care, the quality of surgical services, and outcomes research. Dr. Weiser current projects focus on quality and cost effectiveness of care, and strategies for improving the safety and reliability of surgical delivery in resource poor settings. He has been involved in surgical program assessment projects in Cambodia, India, the UK, and the United States. From 2006-2009 Dr. Weiser was part of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program where it quantified the global volume of surgery and created, implemented, evaluated, and promoted the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.


Michael Wilson, MD, FCAP, FASCP

Director, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Services, Denver Health, Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Secretary of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, ASAP

Dr.  Michael Wilson graduated from Colorado State University in 1980 with a B.A. with Distinction in Anthropology. He received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1984. He completed his internship and residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at the University of Colorado in 1988, followed by his Fellowship in Medical Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center in 1989. He served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology at Duke University until 1992, when he moved to his current position. His main research and clinical pathology interest has been in the laboratory diagnosis of bacteremia and fungemia, laboratory diagnostics for tuberculosis, and cost-effective use of laboratory tests. He has had several major leadership positions in academic medicine, including Chair of the Microbiology Devices Panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Vice-Chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists, member of the Microbiology Consensus Committee for CLSI, and currently is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Since 2008, he has been involved in increasing and improving access to Pathology services in sub Saharan Africa, including efforts to improve Pathology capacity at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. He is a charter member of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and South Africa since 2008.