FIZAN ABDULLAH, MD, PHD Head, Pediatric Surgery Division Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Dr. Abdullah's expertise is in surgery for infants and children with congenital anomalies as well as advanced laparoscopy. His research interest relates to lung development, tissue engineering, outcomes research, extracorporeal life support, and global surgical education. Since 2006, Dr. Abdullah has been extensively involved in global surgical initiatives throughout West Africa, focusing specifically on health system improvements and surgical education.  

FIZAN ABDULLAH, MD, PHD
Head, Pediatric Surgery Division
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Dr. Abdullah's expertise is in surgery for infants and children with congenital anomalies as well as advanced laparoscopy. His research interest relates to lung development, tissue engineering, outcomes research, extracorporeal life support, and global surgical education. Since 2006, Dr. Abdullah has been extensively involved in global surgical initiatives throughout West Africa, focusing specifically on health system improvements and surgical education.
 

FAHEEM AHMED, MPH Policy Officer, Selfless Mr. Ahmed recently completed his Masters in Public Health specializing in health services management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was appointed to the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group. Mr. Ahmed has held clinical research positions at Oxford University and Harvard Medical School, where he was recently involved in the Lancet Commission for Global Surgery. He is a founding member of Selfless UK.  

FAHEEM AHMED, MPH
Policy Officer, Selfless

Mr. Ahmed recently completed his Masters in Public Health specializing in health services management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was appointed to the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group. Mr. Ahmed has held clinical research positions at Oxford University and Harvard Medical School, where he was recently involved in the Lancet Commission for Global Surgery. He is a founding member of Selfless UK.
 

TYLER ALGEO Director of Sales & Marketing Arbutus Medical Mr. Algeo is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Arbutus Medical. During Mr. Algeo’s previously role as the Director of Research of BlueTech Research he helped build the company from a start-up into one of the leading sources of water technology market intelligence on the market. Tyler has been involved in market analysis and market entry strategy projects in a variety of sectors  and in several technology commercialization assessments for emerging technologies. 

TYLER ALGEO
Director of Sales & Marketing
Arbutus Medical

Mr. Algeo is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Arbutus Medical. During Mr. Algeo’s previously role as the Director of Research of BlueTech Research he helped build the company from a start-up into one of the leading sources of water technology market intelligence on the market. Tyler has been involved in market analysis and market entry strategy projects in a variety of sectors  and in several technology commercialization assessments for emerging technologies. 

SARA ANDERSON Senior Advisor for Advocacy & Innovation ReSurge International Sara Anderson is Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Innovation for ReSurge International, a founding member of the G4 Alliance. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in advocacy, international development and communications. At ReSurge, she founded the organization’s advocacy program, developed its burns advocacy, led its humanitarian efforts after the Nepal earthquakes and helped develop strategy. She continues to lead ReSurge’s work in advocacy, policy, research and strategic alliances, including Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. 

SARA ANDERSON
Senior Advisor for Advocacy & Innovation
ReSurge International

Sara Anderson is Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Innovation for ReSurge International, a founding member of the G4 Alliance. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in advocacy, international development and communications. At ReSurge, she founded the organization’s advocacy program, developed its burns advocacy, led its humanitarian efforts after the Nepal earthquakes and helped develop strategy. She continues to lead ReSurge’s work in advocacy, policy, research and strategic alliances, including Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. 

 
KOFFI HERVE YANGNI-ANGATE, MD President Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) Prof. Angate graduated from the University of Abidjan with a Medical Doctorate and received his fellowship award (DES: Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures) in General Surgery. Currently, Prof. Angate is a Fellow of the International Society of Surgery, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, President of the Ivorian Association for Academic and Professional Training, Director of the Center for Continuing Medical Education and Bioethics, and President of the Ivorian Society of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons.

KOFFI HERVE YANGNI-ANGATE, MD
President
Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS)

Prof. Angate graduated from the University of Abidjan with a Medical Doctorate and received his fellowship award (DES: Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures) in General Surgery. Currently, Prof. Angate is a Fellow of the International Society of Surgery, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, President of the Ivorian Association for Academic and Professional Training, Director of the Center for Continuing Medical Education and Bioethics, and President of the Ivorian Society of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons.

HORACIO ASBUN MD, FACS Executive Member of the Board SAGES Born in Bolivia, Dr. Asbun received his Medical Degree from the University of Chile and did his surgical and post surgical training in Barcelona, Spain and in the United States. He was co-founder of Medical Training Worldwide dedicated to surgery and anesthesia in 1995, which in 2007, merged into the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Global Affairs Committee (GAC). He participates in multiple initiatives in different areas of the world. Among them, international surgical courses in areas of need, international teleproctoring and “train the trainer courses” with focus in quality, safety and outcomes. Dr. Asbun is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Surgeons Multimedia Atlas of Surgery.

HORACIO ASBUN MD, FACS
Executive Member of the Board
SAGES

Born in Bolivia, Dr. Asbun received his Medical Degree from the University of Chile and did his surgical and post surgical training in Barcelona, Spain and in the United States. He was co-founder of Medical Training Worldwide dedicated to surgery and anesthesia in 1995, which in 2007, merged into the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Global Affairs Committee (GAC). He participates in multiple initiatives in different areas of the world. Among them, international surgical courses in areas of need, international teleproctoring and “train the trainer courses” with focus in quality, safety and outcomes. Dr. Asbun is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Surgeons Multimedia Atlas of Surgery.

TIGISTU ADAMU ASHENGO, MD, MPH Associate Medical Director Jhpiego Dr. Ashengo is a public heath physician with over a decade of clinical and surgical work experience in resource-limited settings. At Jhpiego, Dr. Ashengo works 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 as a member of the Technical Advisor Group (TAG) on the use of medical devices. Dr. Ashengo also serves as Assistant Professor of Public Health at the St. Paul Medical College in the department of public health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

TIGISTU ADAMU ASHENGO, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director
Jhpiego

Dr. Ashengo is a public heath physician with over a decade of clinical and surgical work experience in resource-limited settings. At Jhpiego, Dr. Ashengo works 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 as a member of the Technical Advisor Group (TAG) on the use of medical devices. Dr. Ashengo also serves as Assistant Professor of Public Health at the St. Paul Medical College in the department of public health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

KISEMBO ASUMAN Executive Director African Agency for Integrated Development (AAID) Mr. Asuman has facilitated many institutions to build their capacity in delivering services to the community. He has been able to share knowledge of community development to individuals and institutions worldwide. Some of the institutions he has worked with include International Water Resource Centre (IRC) in the Netherlands, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva, World Water Council (WWC) and various organizations in Uganda and East Africa. Mr. Asuman has a BA from Kabarole College of Commerce.

KISEMBO ASUMAN
Executive Director
African Agency for Integrated Development (AAID)

Mr. Asuman has facilitated many institutions to build their capacity in delivering services to the community. He has been able to share knowledge of community development to individuals and institutions worldwide. Some of the institutions he has worked with include International Water Resource Centre (IRC) in the Netherlands, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva, World Water Council (WWC) and various organizations in Uganda and East Africa. Mr. Asuman has a BA from Kabarole College of Commerce.

 
RUBEN AYALA, MD Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs Operation Smile Dr. Ruben Ayala has over 22 years of experience with Operation Smile and was first introduced to the organization in his hometown of David, where he volunteered as a student translator. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in Oregon, he was an Operation Smile Mission Coordinator and continued serving as Senior Program Coordinator and Senior Manager of International Programs. As SVP of Medical Affairs, Dr. Ayala is highly focused on the innovation and expansion of safe surgical care to some of the most under-served communities around the world.

RUBEN AYALA, MD
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Operation Smile

Dr. Ruben Ayala has over 22 years of experience with Operation Smile and was first introduced to the organization in his hometown of David, where he volunteered as a student translator. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in Oregon, he was an Operation Smile Mission Coordinator and continued serving as Senior Program Coordinator and Senior Manager of International Programs. As SVP of Medical Affairs, Dr. Ayala is highly focused on the innovation and expansion of safe surgical care to some of the most under-served communities around the world.

DR. GREGORY BELLIG Chief Medical Officer CURE International, Inc. Dr. Greg Bellig has a passion for international medical missions and the delivery of perioperative care in a safe and excellent manner. His particular heart for disabled and marginalized children led him to leave private practice as a pediatric anesthesiologist in order to join CURE International. Dr. Bellig earned his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed a residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He currently holds an academic position as a pediatric anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

DR. GREGORY BELLIG
Chief Medical Officer
CURE International, Inc.

Dr. Greg Bellig has a passion for international medical missions and the delivery of perioperative care in a safe and excellent manner. His particular heart for disabled and marginalized children led him to leave private practice as a pediatric anesthesiologist in order to join CURE International. Dr. Bellig earned his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed a residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He currently holds an academic position as a pediatric anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

STEPHEN BICKLER, MD, FACS President Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) Dr. Bickler is a pediatric surgeon who has advanced fellowship training in pediatric surgery, tropical medicine and hygiene. He was named one of San Diego’s Top Doctors in 2005. Dr. Bickler has spent years working as a pediatric surgeon in developing nations around the world. Recently he was Consulting Pediatric Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul and the Medical Research Council Laboratories in Fajara in the Gambia. Dr. Bickler works with the World Health Organization and other organizations devoted to bringing medical attention to children in need.

STEPHEN BICKLER, MD, FACS
President
Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP)

Dr. Bickler is a pediatric surgeon who has advanced fellowship training in pediatric surgery, tropical medicine and hygiene. He was named one of San Diego’s Top Doctors in 2005. Dr. Bickler has spent years working as a pediatric surgeon in developing nations around the world. Recently he was Consulting Pediatric Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul and the Medical Research Council Laboratories in Fajara in the Gambia. Dr. Bickler works with the World Health Organization and other organizations devoted to bringing medical attention to children in need.

SAUL BILLINGSLEY Director General FIA Foundation Mr. Saul Billingsley is co-Chair of the Road Safety Fund, jointly established by the FIA Foundation and the WHO to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Saul serves as a Trustee of two UK charities, the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) which encourages safer road design in middle and low income countries; and Make Roads Safe, which promotes global road traffic injury prevention. Saul is also a member of the Executive Board of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility. Mr. Billingsley is a global coordinator of the Make Roads Safe campaign, and devised its current ‘Long Short Walk’ campaign.

SAUL BILLINGSLEY
Director General
FIA Foundation

Mr. Saul Billingsley is co-Chair of the Road Safety Fund, jointly established by the FIA Foundation and the WHO to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Saul serves as a Trustee of two UK charities, the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) which encourages safer road design in middle and low income countries; and Make Roads Safe, which promotes global road traffic injury prevention. Saul is also a member of the Executive Board of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility. Mr. Billingsley is a global coordinator of the Make Roads Safe campaign, and devised its current ‘Long Short Walk’ campaign.

 
PETER BIRD, MD Head of Surgery AIC Kijabe Hospital Dr. Peter Bird, a surgeon from Australia, along with Dr. Mark Newton, has been advocating for OT expansion at AIC Kijabe since the mid 2000s. They convinced hospital leadership that surgery should be prioritized, establishing a practice that would to grow to accommodate the unmet surgical demand with quality care. Expanding the OTs would be the first stage of a 10 year plan that would also include expansion of training programs, more disciplined management of finances, and several major utility infrastructure improvements in order to secure Kijabe’s longevity.

PETER BIRD, MD
Head of Surgery
AIC Kijabe Hospital

Dr. Peter Bird, a surgeon from Australia, along with Dr. Mark Newton, has been advocating for OT expansion at AIC Kijabe since the mid 2000s. They convinced hospital leadership that surgery should be prioritized, establishing a practice that would to grow to accommodate the unmet surgical demand with quality care. Expanding the OTs would be the first stage of a 10 year plan that would also include expansion of training programs, more disciplined management of finances, and several major utility infrastructure improvements in order to secure Kijabe’s longevity.

MATTHJIS BOTMAN, MD Representative Netherlands Society for International Surgery (NSIS) Dr. Matthijs Botman is currently a resident in Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery in Amsterdam. During Medical School, Dr. Botman worked as a student teacher in anatomy where he developed a special interest in surgery and teaching. His predilection to travel brought him to Peru and Malawi for elective internships. He later moved to Africa to work as a Medical Officer in rural hospitals in Congo-Brazzaville and Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Dr. Botman moved back to the Netherlands for further training in surgery in 2011.

MATTHJIS BOTMAN, MD
Representative
Netherlands Society for International Surgery (NSIS)

Dr. Matthijs Botman is currently a resident in Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery in Amsterdam. During Medical School, Dr. Botman worked as a student teacher in anatomy where he developed a special interest in surgery and teaching. His predilection to travel brought him to Peru and Malawi for elective internships. He later moved to Africa to work as a Medical Officer in rural hospitals in Congo-Brazzaville and Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Dr. Botman moved back to the Netherlands for further training in surgery in 2011.

MARILYN BUTLER, MD Founder Global Paediatric Surgery Network Dr. Marilyn Butler is a clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. She is the Founder and Editor of the Global Paediatric Surgery Network. Dr. Butler also serves as the Chair of the Global Pediatric Surgery Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

MARILYN BUTLER, MD
Founder
Global Paediatric Surgery Network

Dr. Marilyn Butler is a clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. She is the Founder and Editor of the Global Paediatric Surgery Network. Dr. Butler also serves as the Chair of the Global Pediatric Surgery Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

JO BUYSKE, MD Associate Executive Director American Board of Surgery Dr. Jo Buyske serves as director of the American Board of Medical Specialties and sits on the Executive Committee of the Surgical Council on Resident Education. Dr. Buyske’s major focus is on exam development, resident education, standards in training and beyond, re-entry into clinical practice, and international relationships in surgery. Dr. Buyske’s work in LMICs began with a joint position with Medecins du Monde and Medecins Sans Frontier in Mozambique. Since then, she's worked in Mexico, the Philippines, Nepal and Haiti.

JO BUYSKE, MD
Associate Executive Director
American Board of Surgery

Dr. Jo Buyske serves as director of the American Board of Medical Specialties and sits on the Executive Committee of the Surgical Council on Resident Education. Dr. Buyske’s major focus is on exam development, resident education, standards in training and beyond, re-entry into clinical practice, and international relationships in surgery. Dr. Buyske’s work in LMICs began with a joint position with Medecins du Monde and Medecins Sans Frontier in Mozambique. Since then, she's worked in Mexico, the Philippines, Nepal and Haiti.

 
ANGELO CAPOZZI, MD Co-Founder Rotaplast International Dr. Capozzi served his military service as Chief Plastic Surgeon at the U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield CA. His past positions include: Chairman, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program and Member, Board of Directors at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Capozzi has participated in humanitarian surgical missions since 1976, first with Interplast and then with Rotaplast for 22 years.

ANGELO CAPOZZI, MD
Co-Founder
Rotaplast International

Dr. Capozzi served his military service as Chief Plastic Surgeon at the U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield CA. His past positions include: Chairman, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program and Member, Board of Directors at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Capozzi has participated in humanitarian surgical missions since 1976, first with Interplast and then with Rotaplast for 22 years.

KATHLEEN CASEY, MD Secretary, Executive Committee The G4 Alliance Dr. Kathleen M. Casey is Secretary of the Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence (ASAP). In 2004, she joined the American College of Surgeons as founding director of Operation Giving Back, responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the College’s volunteerism initiative. Prior to joining the College’s staff, Dr. Casey served eight years as a general surgeon in the U.S. Navy. She attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

KATHLEEN CASEY, MD
Secretary, Executive Committee
The G4 Alliance

Dr. Kathleen M. Casey is Secretary of the Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence (ASAP). In 2004, she joined the American College of Surgeons as founding director of Operation Giving Back, responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the College’s volunteerism initiative. Prior to joining the College’s staff, Dr. Casey served eight years as a general surgeon in the U.S. Navy. She attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

CHARLES CLAYTON CEO Primary Trauma Care Foundation Charles is an experienced leader in the non-profit world, having served for more than three decades with international NGOs working on five continents. Charles directs Oxford Leaders, an organization which supports non-profit organizations in their governance and leadership development; he has assisted in course development at Oxford Brookes University; and in April 2015 he was appointed Chair of Trustees for CMS, a global mission agency.

CHARLES CLAYTON
CEO
Primary Trauma Care Foundation

Charles is an experienced leader in the non-profit world, having served for more than three decades with international NGOs working on five continents. Charles directs Oxford Leaders, an organization which supports non-profit organizations in their governance and leadership development; he has assisted in course development at Oxford Brookes University; and in April 2015 he was appointed Chair of Trustees for CMS, a global mission agency.

MICHAEL COTTON, FRCS Chairman International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES) Dr. Michael Cotton, a general surgeon, teacher, and writer, practiced surgery in Zimbabwe for 25 years. During that time, he established a Flying Surgeon service to rural hospitals, led basic surgical practice courses, mentored over 100 surgical trainees, became a Founding Fellow of COSECSA, and was the Inaugural Professor of Clinical Practice at the National University of Science & Technology in Bulawayo. He is currently the chief editor of Primary Surgery.

MICHAEL COTTON, FRCS
Chairman
International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES)

Dr. Michael Cotton, a general surgeon, teacher, and writer, practiced surgery in Zimbabwe for 25 years. During that time, he established a Flying Surgeon service to rural hospitals, led basic surgical practice courses, mentored over 100 surgical trainees, became a Founding Fellow of COSECSA, and was the Inaugural Professor of Clinical Practice at the National University of Science & Technology in Bulawayo. He is currently the chief editor of Primary Surgery.

 
LORD ARA DARZI Director Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College Prof. Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery, and in 2007, was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Later, Professor Darzi sat as the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences where he contributed a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation.

LORD ARA DARZI
Director
Institute of Global Health
Innovation, Imperial College

Prof. Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery, and in 2007, was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Later, Professor Darzi sat as the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences where he contributed a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation.

DR. DAN DECKELBAUM                       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 clinal 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 Center for Global Surgery MUHC. 

DR. DAN DECKELBAUM                       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 clinal 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 Center for Global Surgery MUHC. 

MILLIARD DERBEW, MD FRCS President COSECSA Dr. Miliard Derbew is a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central  andSouthern Africa  (COSECSA) and was  elected President  of COSECSA in  December 2015. Dr.  Derbew received  his  MD (1987) and Specialty Certificate in Surgery (1993) from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University. He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery (1998)at Tel Aviv University and the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2007). Dr Derbew served as Assistant  Professor from 1998-2009 and was Associate Professor of  Pediatric Surgery from 2009.  He also currently serves as Project Director for the Medical  Education Partnership Initiative  project for Ethiopia. He has  previously served as Country Representative for the Surgical  Society of Ethiopia and Vice-President of COSECSA. 

MILLIARD DERBEW, MD FRCS
President
COSECSA

Dr. Miliard Derbew is a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central  andSouthern Africa  (COSECSA) and was  elected President  of COSECSA in  December 2015. Dr.  Derbew received  his  MD (1987) and Specialty Certificate in Surgery (1993) from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University. He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery (1998)at Tel Aviv University and the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2007). Dr Derbew served as Assistant  Professor from 1998-2009 and was Associate Professor of  Pediatric Surgery from 2009.  He also currently serves as Project Director for the Medical  Education Partnership Initiative  project for Ethiopia. He has  previously served as Country Representative for the Surgical  Society of Ethiopia and Vice-President of COSECSA. 


CATHERINE DEVRIES, MD Past Director Center for Global Surgery, Univ. of Utah Dr. Catherine de Vries is Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Associate Professor of Family Medicine (Public Health) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. de Vries is the founding director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery. She founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) to support on-site urological education in over 20 countries. As co-author of a new chapter in Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) and Global Surgery and Public Health; A New Paradigm, she continues to make impactful contributions to global health literature.

CATHERINE DEVRIES, MD
Past Director
Center for Global Surgery, Univ. of Utah

Dr. Catherine de Vries is Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Associate Professor of Family Medicine (Public Health) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. de Vries is the founding director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery. She founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) to support on-site urological education in over 20 countries. As co-author of a new chapter in Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) and Global Surgery and Public Health; A New Paradigm, she continues to make impactful contributions to global health literature.

 
JEANNE DILLNER CEO SIGN Fracture Care Intl Ms. Dillner has created an environment of improvement and innovation to manufacture implants and instruments specifically designed for use in developing countries, where access to real-time imaging and a consistent supply of orthopaedic implants and training is limited. Ms. Dillner regularly travels to assist SIGN founder and president with training surgeons on the SIGN IN Nail System. Previous to SIGN, Ms. Dillner was President of J. Dillner Consulting. She held lead finance positions at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria and at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, Washington.

JEANNE DILLNER
CEO
SIGN Fracture Care Intl

Ms. Dillner has created an environment of improvement and innovation to manufacture implants and instruments specifically designed for use in developing countries, where access to real-time imaging and a consistent supply of orthopaedic implants and training is limited. Ms. Dillner regularly travels to assist SIGN founder and president with training surgeons on the SIGN IN Nail System. Previous to SIGN, Ms. Dillner was President of J. Dillner Consulting. She held lead finance positions at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria and at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, Washington.

MAX DOWNHAM, MBA, BSCHE Executive Director International College of Surgeons Mr. Max Downham is a senior corporate executive with more than 30 years of experience in international business development and corporate strategic management. Max also served as Corporate Vice President for Nutri-Sweet, esponsible for strategic operations and global business coordination in Europe, North America and Japan. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Max served in the US Navy as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Officer Instructor. 

MAX DOWNHAM, MBA, BSCHE
Executive Director
International College of Surgeons

Mr. Max Downham is a senior corporate executive with more than 30 years of experience in international business development and corporate strategic management. Max also served as Corporate Vice President for Nutri-Sweet, esponsible for strategic operations and global business coordination in Europe, North America and Japan. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Max served in the US Navy as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Officer Instructor. 

AHMED ELSAYED, MD Associate Professor of Surgery Alzaiem Alazhari University Dr. Elsayed graduated from Khartoum University Medical Faculty and qualified as a consultant general surgeon in Edinburgh,UK. After a brief career as a cardiac surgeon, he further pursued training in the UK as a cardiothoracic surgeon and subsequently returned to help in the reestablishment of this specialty in Sudan in 1999. He has since been very active clinically in Cardiothoracic surgery and in the training of under- and post-graduate surgery in general.

AHMED ELSAYED, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Alzaiem Alazhari University

Dr. Elsayed graduated from Khartoum University Medical Faculty and qualified as a consultant general surgeon in Edinburgh,UK. After a brief career as a cardiac surgeon, he further pursued training in the UK as a cardiothoracic surgeon and subsequently returned to help in the reestablishment of this specialty in Sudan in 1999. He has since been very active clinically in Cardiothoracic surgery and in the training of under- and post-graduate surgery in general.

ABIGAIL ESTELLE, MBBS, MRCS, BDS, AKC Founder and Trustee Willing & Abel Dr. Estelle is training as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She loves working in developing nations, and volunteers regularly with Mercy Ships and Medical Centres of West Africa. Dr. Estelle also has a passion for international health and working in disaster response and emergency medical relief.

ABIGAIL ESTELLE, MBBS, MRCS, BDS, AKC
Founder and Trustee
Willing & Abel

Dr. Estelle is training as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She loves working in developing nations, and volunteers regularly with Mercy Ships and Medical Centres of West Africa. Dr. Estelle also has a passion for international health and working in disaster response and emergency medical relief.

 
ALLEN FINLEY, MD, FRCPC, FAAP Chair, Board of Directors ChildKind International Dr. Allen Finley is a pediatric anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years in pain research and management with a focus on improved pain management for children.He is a Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University, and Medical Director of Pediatric Pain Management at IWK Health Centre in Halifax. His research and educational projects have taken him to Jordan, Thailand, China, Brazil, India, and elsewhere.

ALLEN FINLEY, MD, FRCPC, FAAP
Chair, Board of Directors
ChildKind International

Dr. Allen Finley is a pediatric anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years in pain research and management with a focus on improved pain management for children.He is a Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University, and Medical Director of Pediatric Pain Management at IWK Health Centre in Halifax. His research and educational projects have taken him to Jordan, Thailand, China, Brazil, India, and elsewhere.

ERICA FRENKEL, MPA COO Gradian Health Systems Ms. Erica Frenkel has managed programs in global health and economic development for over ten years. Before joining Gradian, Erica served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, managed the Global Media AIDS Initiative for the Kaiser Family Foundation and helped shape public health initiatives as a consultant for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Liberian Ministry of Health, Merck Vaccines, and the Wellcome Trust. Erica holds an MPA in Development Studies from Princeton University.

ERICA FRENKEL, MPA
COO
Gradian Health Systems

Ms. Erica Frenkel has managed programs in global health and economic development for over ten years. Before joining Gradian, Erica served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, managed the Global Media AIDS Initiative for the Kaiser Family Foundation and helped shape public health initiatives as a consultant for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Liberian Ministry of Health, Merck Vaccines, and the Wellcome Trust. Erica holds an MPA in Development Studies from Princeton University.

PHILIP FRYKMAN, MD, PHD, MBA, FACS
Founder
Global Pediatric Surgical
Technology & Education Project

Dr. Frykman specializes in minimally invasive surgery for infants and children, with a focus on children with Hirschsprung disease and anorectal malformations (ARM). Through pediatric surgery missions with Mending Kids, Dr. Frykman was inspired to establish Global Pediatric Surgical Technology and Education Project (GP STEP), with the mission of providing quality, affordable surgical devices and education to pediatric surgeons in the developing world.

JULIAN GORE-BOOTH CEO World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists Mr. Julian Gore-Booth has over 20 years of experience in international development. Before joining WFSA, he was interim Director of International Work at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that the Chief Executive of two charitable foundations working with disadvantaged children around the globe. He has held Regional and Country Director posts for the International Red Cross and spent two years with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) based in Jerusalem.

JULIAN GORE-BOOTH
CEO
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Mr. Julian Gore-Booth has over 20 years of experience in international development. Before joining WFSA, he was interim Director of International Work at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that the Chief Executive of two charitable foundations working with disadvantaged children around the globe. He has held Regional and Country Director posts for the International Red Cross and spent two years with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) based in Jerusalem.

 
RICHARD HENKER, PhD, CRNA, FAAN AANA Representative American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 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. Dr. Henker 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. Dr. Henker teaches at the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research .

RICHARD HENKER, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
AANA Representative
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

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. Dr. Henker 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. Dr. Henker teaches at the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research .

JAYMIE ANG HENRY, MD, MPH Senior Advisor The G4 Alliance Dr. Jaymie Henry served as the first Executive Director of the G4 Alliance, defining the strategic direction and overseeing relations with key stakeholders and partners in support of surgical care. Dr. Henry was also the Executive Producer, Director, and writer of the advocacy film The Right to Heal, which has been shown in over 60 countries. She holds a degree of Medical Doctor from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.

JAYMIE ANG HENRY, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor
The G4 Alliance

Dr. Jaymie Henry served as the first Executive Director of the G4 Alliance, defining the strategic direction and overseeing relations with key stakeholders and partners in support of surgical care. Dr. Henry was also the Executive Producer, Director, and writer of the advocacy film The Right to Heal, which has been shown in over 60 countries. She holds a degree of Medical Doctor from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.

ORION HENRY Founder Henry Family Advised Fund Mr. Orion Henry is a serial entrepreneur and one of the early pioneers of cloud computing. In 2007, he co-founded Heroku and has also worked as a Principal Architect at Salesforce.com. An angel investor, Mr. Henry has a small incubator called HeavyBit Industries and has founded several technology companies to date and the Henry Family Advised Fund. He was Executive Producer of the film The Right to Heal, as well as a principal supporter of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery. Mr. Henry strives to better integrate modern technology with global health delivery.

ORION HENRY
Founder
Henry Family Advised Fund

Mr. Orion Henry is a serial entrepreneur and one of the early pioneers of cloud computing. In 2007, he co-founded Heroku and has also worked as a Principal Architect at Salesforce.com. An angel investor, Mr. Henry has a small incubator called HeavyBit Industries and has founded several technology companies to date and the Henry Family Advised Fund. He was Executive Producer of the film The Right to Heal, as well as a principal supporter of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery. Mr. Henry strives to better integrate modern technology with global health delivery.

DAVID C. HOFFMAN, D.D.S President, Board of Directors, Healing the Children, Florida Inc.  For the past 20 years Dr. David C. Hoffman has been at the forefront of bringing cleft lip and palate surgery to the region of Neiva, Colombia. Dr. Hoffman has performed over 200 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children through the Healing the Children Neiva program, an NGO whose mission is to provide medical care to children in need in the U.S and abroad.  After completing his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Hoffman spent two years as a NIH Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and then received his DDS at NYU College of Dentistry. While a student at NYU Dental School, he received a distinguished fellowship to spend two months at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.   

DAVID C. HOFFMAN, D.D.S
President, Board of Directors, Healing the Children, Florida Inc. 

For the past 20 years Dr. David C. Hoffman has been at the forefront of bringing cleft lip and palate surgery to the region of Neiva, Colombia. Dr. Hoffman has performed over 200 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children through the Healing the Children Neiva program, an NGO whose mission is to provide medical care to children in need in the U.S and abroad.  After completing his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Hoffman spent two years as a NIH Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and then received his DDS at NYU College of Dentistry. While a student at NYU Dental School, he received a distinguished fellowship to spend two months at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. 

 

 
LAURA HOEMEKE, MPH, DPH Director, Communications & Advocacy IntraHealth International Dr. Hoemeke has nearly 25 years of experience in global health, including field assignments in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda, and short-term assignments throughout East, West, and Central Africa. Her areas of expertise include advocacy and policy, communications, and program design and management. She has worked in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria prevention and control, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control, as well as health systems strengthening and health governance.

LAURA HOEMEKE, MPH, DPH
Director, Communications & Advocacy
IntraHealth International

Dr. Hoemeke has nearly 25 years of experience in global health, including field assignments in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda, and short-term assignments throughout East, West, and Central Africa. Her areas of expertise include advocacy and policy, communications, and program design and management. She has worked in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria prevention and control, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control, as well as health systems strengthening and health governance.

LARRY HOLLIER, MD, FACS Chairman, Medical Advisory Board Smile Train   Dr. Larry H. Hollier, Jr. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, including pediatric hand surgery, facial fractures, cranial vault remodeling, midfacial distraction, and mandibular distraction. Dr. Hollier trained under Dr. Joseph McCarthy, the first surgeon in the United States to perform a facial distraction. Since 1996, Dr. Hollier has participated in numerous surgical training trips to Haiti, Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia for treatment of craniofacial and hand deformities. Dr. Hollier currently serves as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for Smile Train.

LARRY HOLLIER, MD, FACS
Chairman, Medical Advisory Board
Smile Train  

Dr. Larry H. Hollier, Jr. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, including pediatric hand surgery, facial fractures, cranial vault remodeling, midfacial distraction, and mandibular distraction. Dr. Hollier trained under Dr. Joseph McCarthy, the first surgeon in the United States to perform a facial distraction. Since 1996, Dr. Hollier has participated in numerous surgical training trips to Haiti, Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia for treatment of craniofacial and hand deformities. Dr. Hollier currently serves as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for Smile Train.

Duncan H Jackman,  BA (Hons), MA, MCIM Director of International Affairs Royal College of Surgeons of England Mr. Jackman's earlycareer was with the British Council, for which he lived and worked in Nigeria, Malaysia, China, France and Singapore.  Subsequently, he was Director of International Development at Kingston University, then for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales before being appointed as Director of Business Development and Marketing at International House London.  He then worked as Head of Business Development forNSPCC Training & Consultancy and Chief Executive of The Froebel Trust, before returning to the international agenda as Director of International Affairs at RCS.

Duncan H Jackman, 
BA (Hons), MA, MCIM
Director of International Affairs
Royal College of Surgeons of England


Mr. Jackman's earlycareer was with the British Council, for which he lived and worked in Nigeria, Malaysia, China, France and Singapore.  Subsequently, he was Director of International Development at Kingston University, then for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales before being appointed as Director of Business Development and Marketing at International House London.  He then worked as Head of Business Development forNSPCC Training & Consultancy and Chief Executive of The Froebel Trust, before returning to the international agenda as Director of International Affairs at RCS.

ERIC JACKSON JR., MD, MBA Director, Health Care Delivery Science, The Value Institute Christiana Care Health System Dr. Eric Jackson, Jr. comes to the Value Institute from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions where he served as an assistant professor and director of the Center for Immersive Simulation and Telemedicine. Dr. Jackson is clinically active in anesthesia and is specialty trained in pediatric anesthesia. Dr. Jackson formed the Center for Health Care Delivery Science at Christiana, where he and other members of the Value Institute works to create a culture of value for patients while improving quality and safety and reducing costs.

ERIC JACKSON JR., MD, MBA
Director, Health Care Delivery Science, The Value Institute
Christiana Care Health System

Dr. Eric Jackson, Jr. comes to the Value Institute from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions where he served as an assistant professor and director of the Center for Immersive Simulation and Telemedicine. Dr. Jackson is clinically active in anesthesia and is specialty trained in pediatric anesthesia. Dr. Jackson formed the Center for Health Care Delivery Science at Christiana, where he and other members of the Value Institute works to create a culture of value for patients while improving quality and safety and reducing costs.

 
ANDREW JONES Head of Partnerships THET After an early career in NHS management, Mr. Jones moved into the voluntary sector as CEO of a hospice in Surrey, UK. Mr. Jones introduction to international development came as CEO of Kulika UK, a development organization specializing in promoting sustainable livelihoods in East Africa. Immediately before joining THET, Mr. Jones worked for five years as a consultant in the voluntary sector, specializing in organizational development; coaching and mentoring; and collaboration and merger for voluntary sector organizations.

ANDREW JONES
Head of Partnerships
THET

After an early career in NHS management, Mr. Jones moved into the voluntary sector as CEO of a hospice in Surrey, UK. Mr. Jones introduction to international development came as CEO of Kulika UK, a development organization specializing in promoting sustainable livelihoods in East Africa. Immediately before joining THET, Mr. Jones worked for five years as a consultant in the voluntary sector, specializing in organizational development; coaching and mentoring; and collaboration and merger for voluntary sector organizations.

CATHERINE JUILLARD, MD, MPH AAS Representative Association for Academic Surgery Dr. Juillard is a general surgeon with clinical interests in general surgery, trauma, and surgical critical care. Dr. Juillard obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her M.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her surgical residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Juillard received her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was a post-doctoral fellow with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit. After completing her General Surgery residency, she completed a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Juillard also has strong interest in global surgery research and was recently named Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies.  

CATHERINE JUILLARD, MD, MPH
AAS Representative
Association for Academic Surgery

Dr. Juillard is a general surgeon with clinical interests in general surgery, trauma, and surgical critical care. Dr. Juillard obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her M.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her surgical residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Juillard received her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was a post-doctoral fellow with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit. After completing her General Surgery residency, she completed a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Juillard also has strong interest in global surgery research and was recently named Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies.


 

ROBERT LANE, MD, MS President International Federation of Surgical Colleges Dr. Robert Lane retired as a Colorectal Surgeon from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in 2007. He remains actively involved in surgical education and training in sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of the Assoc. of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Lane is Project Director for two UK Government Grants to enhance surgical and theatre nurse training in East and West Africa. He is also Surgical Advisor to THET, Programme Director at ASGBI and a founding member of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery.

ROBERT LANE, MD, MS
President
International Federation of Surgical Colleges

Dr. Robert Lane retired as a Colorectal Surgeon from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in 2007. He remains actively involved in surgical education and training in sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of the Assoc. of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Lane is Project Director for two UK Government Grants to enhance surgical and theatre nurse training in East and West Africa. He is also Surgical Advisor to THET, Programme Director at ASGBI and a founding member of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery.

DR. BARBARA S. LEVY, MD, FACOG, FACS Vice President Health Policy The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Dr. Barbara S. Levy is the Vice President of Health Policy and administers ACOG's Office of 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, American Indian/Alaska Native Health Program, Health Economics, Strategic Health Care Initiatives department and programs for Maternal Mortality and Infant Mortality. 

DR. BARBARA S. LEVY, MD, FACOG, FACS
Vice President Health Policy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Dr. Barbara S. Levy is the Vice President of Health Policy and administers ACOG's Office of 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, American Indian/Alaska Native Health Program, Health Economics, Strategic Health Care Initiatives department and programs for Maternal Mortality and Infant Mortality. 

 
DIMITRIOS LINOS, MD, PHD Representative Prolepsis Prof. Dimitrios Linos is an American Board Certified general surgeon specialized in endocrine and laparoscopic surgery, oncology surgery, as well as breast and bariatric surgery. An active member of numerous international scientific associations both, Professor Linos has also served as President and member of various Committees. Prof. Linos is Co-chair of the Committee of International Relations for the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and member of the corresponding committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

DIMITRIOS LINOS, MD, PHD
Representative
Prolepsis

Prof. Dimitrios Linos is an American Board Certified general surgeon specialized in endocrine and laparoscopic surgery, oncology surgery, as well as breast and bariatric surgery. An active member of numerous international scientific associations both, Professor Linos has also served as President and member of various Committees. Prof. Linos is Co-chair of the Committee of International Relations for the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and member of the corresponding committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

PETER LINZ, MD, FACP, FACC Chief Medical Officer Mercy Ships Dr. Peter Linz is a cardiologist who joined Mercy Ships in 2012 after completing a 30 year career in the US Navy. He has extensive experience in medical education, clinical research, and humanitarian medicine. In 2008 as Director of Medical Operations aboard the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, he helped lead a combined military and civilian NGO multi-national crew on a six month humanitarian assistance mission to five nations in Southeast Asia which performed over 1,350 surgeries and treated over 90,000 patients. Dr. Linz is a past Governor of the American College of Cardiology.

PETER LINZ, MD, FACP, FACC
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Ships

Dr. Peter Linz is a cardiologist who joined Mercy Ships in 2012 after completing a 30 year career in the US Navy. He has extensive experience in medical education, clinical research, and humanitarian medicine. In 2008 as Director of Medical Operations aboard the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Mercy, he helped lead a combined military and civilian NGO multi-national crew on a six month humanitarian assistance mission to five nations in Southeast Asia which performed over 1,350 surgeries and treated over 90,000 patients. Dr. Linz is a past Governor of the American College of Cardiology.

ABBEY KOCAN Executive Director Kupona Foundation Ms. Kocan is the Executive Director of Kupona Foundation, a non-profit improving the lives of millions of women, newborns and people with a disability in Tanzania. Kupona works with singular focus to directly strengthen the capacity of its implementing partner, CCBRT. After nearly a decade of "climbing the ladder" in the for-profit sector, Abbey had the opportunity to live in Tanzania and work with CCBRT for five months. Struck by the impact CCBRT was having upon individuals and communities, the challenges that existed, and the magnitude of change that was possible, Abbey remained connected to Kupona following her return to the USA, taking over leadership of the organization in 2013.

ABBEY KOCAN
Executive Director
Kupona Foundation

Ms. Kocan is the Executive Director of Kupona Foundation, a non-profit improving the lives of millions of women, newborns and people with a disability in Tanzania. Kupona works with singular focus to directly strengthen the capacity of its implementing partner, CCBRT. After nearly a decade of "climbing the ladder" in the for-profit sector, Abbey had the opportunity to live in Tanzania and work with CCBRT for five months. Struck by the impact CCBRT was having upon individuals and communities, the challenges that existed, and the magnitude of change that was possible, Abbey remained connected to Kupona following her return to the USA, taking over leadership of the organization in 2013.

DR. JONATHAN LORD Global Medical Director, Orbis Jonathan Lord joined Orbis as Global Medical Director in November 2014 having been an anesthetist for over 20 years and a Consultant Anesthetist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London since 1998. During this time he held senior management positions related to anesthetic services, pediatric services and operating theaters with a particular focus on clinical governance, risk management, emergency preparedness and hospital accreditation. He also managed the resuscitation service at Moorfields and is a Course and Medical Director for the Resuscitation Council, UK. In addition he was also a council member of the Clinical Directors Executive for the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) a group providing advice and guidance both to the College and Clinical Directors across the UK.

DR. JONATHAN LORD
Global Medical Director, Orbis

Jonathan Lord joined Orbis as Global Medical Director in November 2014 having been an anesthetist for over 20 years and a Consultant Anesthetist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London since 1998. During this time he held senior management positions related to anesthetic services, pediatric services and operating theaters with a particular focus on clinical governance, risk management, emergency preparedness and hospital accreditation. He also managed the resuscitation service at Moorfields and is a Course and Medical Director for the Resuscitation Council, UK. In addition he was also a council member of the Clinical Directors Executive for the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) a group providing advice and guidance both to the College and Clinical Directors across the UK.

 
KELLY MACQUEEN, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center Dr. McQueen serves as Director of Global Anesthesia Programs and Development at VUMC. She is a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where she leads efforts to improve the delivery of safe anesthesia and surgery in humanitarian settings. Dr. McQueen is the Past President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP). She has volunteered for a number of humanitarian organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Overseas Teaching program in Tanzania; Operation Smile; and Doctors without Borders.

KELLY MACQUEEN, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center
Dr. McQueen serves as Director of Global Anesthesia Programs and Development at VUMC. She is a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where she leads efforts to improve the delivery of safe anesthesia and surgery in humanitarian settings. Dr. McQueen is the Past President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP). She has volunteered for a number of humanitarian organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Overseas Teaching program in Tanzania; Operation Smile; and Doctors without Borders.

MICHAEL L MARIN, MD Prof. and System Chair, Dept. of Surgery The Mount Sinai Hospital A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Marin completed an internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York; and subsequently went on to pursue a fellowship in vascular surgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In 1996, Dr. Marin was recruited to Mount Sinai to launch the endovascular aortic surgery program.  In December 2003, Dr. Marin was appointed Chairman, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  In 2007, he was named The Julius H. Jacobson II, M.D. Professor of Vascular Surgery.

MICHAEL L MARIN, MD
Prof. and System Chair, Dept. of Surgery
The Mount Sinai Hospital

A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Marin completed an internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York; and subsequently went on to pursue a fellowship in vascular surgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In 1996, Dr. Marin was recruited to Mount Sinai to launch the endovascular aortic surgery program.  In December 2003, Dr. Marin was appointed Chairman, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  In 2007, he was named The Julius H. Jacobson II, M.D. Professor of Vascular Surgery.

CLAUDE MARTIN, MD, MBA Managing Director AO Alliance Foundation Dr. Claude Martin Jr. was formerly the Executive Director of the clinical division AOTrauma at the AO Foundation. Dr. Martin completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Toronto. In 1997, he received an AO Foundation Fellowship in hand and wrist surgery in Bern, Switzerland. Dr. Martin joined the CMPA as a Medical Officer, then as a Physician Risk Manager. Dr. Martin was appointed Director of Regional Affairs in 2008, responsible for developing and managing relationships with governments, medical organizations and other key stakeholders.

CLAUDE MARTIN, MD, MBA
Managing Director
AO Alliance Foundation

Dr. Claude Martin Jr. was formerly the Executive Director of the clinical division AOTrauma at the AO Foundation. Dr. Martin completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Toronto. In 1997, he received an AO Foundation Fellowship in hand and wrist surgery in Bern, Switzerland. Dr. Martin joined the CMPA as a Medical Officer, then as a Physician Risk Manager. Dr. Martin was appointed Director of Regional Affairs in 2008, responsible for developing and managing relationships with governments, medical organizations and other key stakeholders.

JOHN MEARA, MD, DMD, MBA Director Program in Global Surgery & Social Change (PGSSC) Dr. Meara is 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. 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.

JOHN MEARA, MD, DMD, MBA
Director
Program in Global Surgery & Social Change (PGSSC)

Dr. Meara is 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. 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.

 
JAMES MORGAN Chief Executive Officer Physicians for Peace Mr. Morgan is trained as a CPA and has worked in both public accounting and private industry. He joined the staff of Physicians for Peace in 2011 to lead the finance and administration function and assist with grant reporting and compliance for significant funding resulting from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to joining Physicians for Peace, Morgan consulted with and managed multispecialty physician practices in both Virginia and Georgia. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance and a master’s degree in theology.

JAMES MORGAN
Chief Executive Officer
Physicians for Peace

Mr. Morgan is trained as a CPA and has worked in both public accounting and private industry. He joined the staff of Physicians for Peace in 2011 to lead the finance and administration function and assist with grant reporting and compliance for significant funding resulting from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to joining Physicians for Peace, Morgan consulted with and managed multispecialty physician practices in both Virginia and Georgia. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance and a master’s degree in theology.

DR. RICHARD MOSER, MD Board Member Solidarity Bridge Dr. Richard Moser is a neurosurgeon in Worcester, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years working with specific interest in neurosurgical oncology as well as gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Richard Moser has been an active board member at Solidarity Bridge since 2006 also leading their Neurosurgery Program in Bolivia since that time.

DR. RICHARD MOSER, MD
Board Member
Solidarity Bridge

Dr. Richard Moser is a neurosurgeon in Worcester, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years working with specific interest in neurosurgical oncology as well as gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Richard Moser has been an active board member at Solidarity Bridge since 2006 also leading their Neurosurgery Program in Bolivia since that time.

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR, MSC, CENG FIET Managing Director Diamedica UK Mr. Robert Neighbour is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, and Managing Director of Diamedica (UK) Ltd. He has undertaken innumerable missions worldwide to install and maintain anaesthetic equipment and train people in its use and maintenance. Diamedica (UK) Ltd specialises in providing medical equipment suitable for use in harsh environments, areas of limited logistical support and conflict situations. Diamedica supplies customers in over 60 countries worldwide, including and ministries of health.

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR, MSC, CENG FIET
Managing Director
Diamedica UK

Mr. Robert Neighbour is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, and Managing Director of Diamedica (UK) Ltd. He has undertaken innumerable missions worldwide to install and maintain anaesthetic equipment and train people in its use and maintenance. Diamedica (UK) Ltd specialises in providing medical equipment suitable for use in harsh environments, areas of limited logistical support and conflict situations. Diamedica supplies customers in over 60 countries worldwide, including and ministries of health.

KARISSA NGUYEN, MS Director, Training and Reserach & Innovation Mending Kids Ms. Karissa Nguyen is director of Training, Research and Innovation at Mending Kids, an organization providing critical surgical care to sick children since 2005. At Mending Kids, Karissa co-founded the organization’s training, research and innovation program to advance medical self-sufficiency on surgical missions. Karissa’s research interest relates to global burden of pediatric surgical diseases, health impact assessment, and building surgical capacity in LMICs. She has more than 12 years of experience in environmental and clinical research, and program development.  

KARISSA NGUYEN, MS
Director, Training and Reserach & Innovation
Mending Kids

Ms. Karissa Nguyen is director of Training, Research and Innovation at Mending Kids, an organization providing critical surgical care to sick children since 2005. At Mending Kids, Karissa co-founded the organization’s training, research and innovation program to advance medical self-sufficiency on surgical missions. Karissa’s research interest relates to global burden of pediatric surgical diseases, health impact assessment, and building surgical capacity in LMICs. She has more than 12 years of experience in environmental and clinical research, and program development.  

 
WILLIAM NOVICK, MD, MS Co-Founder Novick Cardiac Alliance Dr. Novick completed his General Surgical Residency at the University of Pennsylvania before entering the Cardiothoracic Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1993, Dr. Novick founded and led the International Children’s Heart Foundation until October 2014, when he created the Novick Cardiac Alliance. Dr Novick has authored multiple papers on congenital heart disease, contributed to several books on pediatric heart disease, intensive care and thoracic trauma, and co-authored “Healing the Heart of Croatia”.

WILLIAM NOVICK, MD, MS
Co-Founder
Novick Cardiac Alliance

Dr. Novick completed his General Surgical Residency at the University of Pennsylvania before entering the Cardiothoracic Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1993, Dr. Novick founded and led the International Children’s Heart Foundation until October 2014, when he created the Novick Cardiac Alliance. Dr Novick has authored multiple papers on congenital heart disease, contributed to several books on pediatric heart disease, intensive care and thoracic trauma, and co-authored “Healing the Heart of Croatia”.

MR. ERIC O'FLYNN Programme Director Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland With degrees from University College Cork and Dublin City University, Mr. O’Flynn’s background is mainly in education, having previously worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, education consultant and education charity manager, including a two-year period in Rwanda. He has been working with the RCSI/COSECSA collaboration since 2011 and as Programme Director since 2011.

MR. ERIC O'FLYNN
Programme Director
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

With degrees from University College Cork and Dublin City University, Mr. O’Flynn’s background is mainly in education, having previously worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, education consultant and education charity manager, including a two-year period in Rwanda. He has been working with the RCSI/COSECSA collaboration since 2011 and as Programme Director since 2011.

AKINYINKA OMIGBODUN, MBBS, FWACS, FMCOG, FAS President West African College of Surgeons Prof. Omigbodun, an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, graduated from the Medical School of the University of Ibadan and had his postgraduate training at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Although Prof. Omigbodun's main research interest has been in gynaecological oncology, he has done substantial research into maternal and newborn care, including the mental health of pregnant and parturient women.

AKINYINKA OMIGBODUN, MBBS, FWACS, FMCOG, FAS
President
West African College of Surgeons

Prof. Omigbodun, an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, graduated from the Medical School of the University of Ibadan and had his postgraduate training at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Although Prof. Omigbodun's main research interest has been in gynaecological oncology, he has done substantial research into maternal and newborn care, including the mental health of pregnant and parturient women.

BISOLA ONAJIN-OBEMBE, MBBS, FWACS, MBA President Nigerian Society of Anesthetists Dr. Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Dr. Onajin-Obembe also practices and teaches pediatric anesthesia, as well as anesthesia for maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat surgeries, and she has publications in these areas. She has developed interests in team building, leadership, strategy and organizational change management of which she plays roles within and outside Nigeria.

BISOLA ONAJIN-OBEMBE, MBBS, FWACS, MBA
President
Nigerian Society of Anesthetists

Dr. Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Dr. Onajin-Obembe also practices and teaches pediatric anesthesia, as well as anesthesia for maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat surgeries, and she has publications in these areas. She has developed interests in team building, leadership, strategy and organizational change management of which she plays roles within and outside Nigeria.

 
  DR. ADRIAN PARK PAACS Representative Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) Dr. Adrian Park is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Previously Dr. Park was the Dr. Alex Gillis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Prior to this appointment, Park served as the Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery, the Head of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the Chair of the Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research, and Innovation (MASTRI) Center.   He is a past president of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS).

 

DR. ADRIAN PARK
PAACS Representative
Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)

Dr. Adrian Park is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
Previously Dr. Park was the Dr. Alex Gillis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Prior to this appointment, Park served as the Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery, the Head of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the Chair of the Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research, and Innovation (MASTRI) Center.  
He is a past president of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS).

KEE PARK, MD, FAANS Country Representative, Cambodia World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Fdn. Dr. Park attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and did his residency at Temple University. He worked as a neurosurgeon in a private practice for 13 years in Missourri. Though, deep down Park, who is of Korean decent, knew he wanted to serve those living in third world countries. Through a connection with the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery or FIENS, Park learned about the lack of neurosurgeons in Ethiopia. In 2008, Dr. Park volunteered with FIENS in Ethiopia, setting up training facilities. and also in Kathmandu, Nepal.

KEE PARK, MD, FAANS
Country Representative, Cambodia World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Fdn.

Dr. Park attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and did his residency at Temple University. He worked as a neurosurgeon in a private practice for 13 years in Missourri. Though, deep down Park, who is of Korean decent, knew he wanted to serve those living in third world countries. Through a connection with the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery or FIENS, Park learned about the lack of neurosurgeons in Ethiopia. In 2008, Dr. Park volunteered with FIENS in Ethiopia, setting up training facilities. and also in Kathmandu, Nepal.

DR. BEVERLY K. PHILIP, MD Vice President of Scientific Affairs The American Society of Anesthesiologists Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D is Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard University and Founding Director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, USA. Dr. Philips subspecialty focus is ambulatory anesthesia. Dr. Philip has published numerous research papers, review articles and book chapters on various aspects of ambulatory anesthesia science and practice, and she has spoken widely, nationally and internationally. Dr. Philip is Vice President for Scientific Affairs of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), with responsibility for all educational and scientific activities of the 50,000+ member organization. 

DR. BEVERLY K. PHILIP, MD
Vice President of Scientific Affairs
The American Society of Anesthesiologists

Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D is Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard University and Founding Director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, USA. Dr. Philips subspecialty focus is ambulatory anesthesia. Dr. Philip has published numerous research papers, review articles and book chapters on various aspects of ambulatory anesthesia science and practice, and she has spoken widely, nationally and internationally. Dr. Philip is Vice President for Scientific Affairs of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), with responsibility for all educational and scientific activities of the 50,000+ member organization. 

MARJORIE RATEL, RN, BSN Founder & Project Chair Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation Ms. Ratel is a neuroscience staff nurse at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) since 1978 and a strong advocate for access to quality health care in developing countries. Ms. Ratel founded the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in 2000. By the following year, she and nursing colleagues, along with members of the Ghanaian community, began organizing the shipment of good-quality used medical equipment together with new medical supplies to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH). In Vancouver, she and her team established the non-profit Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) in 2003, followed by two accompanying Canadian fundraising charities in 2004 and 2005.

MARJORIE RATEL, RN, BSN
Founder & Project Chair
Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation

Ms. Ratel is a neuroscience staff nurse at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) since 1978 and a strong advocate for access to quality health care in developing countries. Ms. Ratel founded the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in 2000. By the following year, she and nursing colleagues, along with members of the Ghanaian community, began organizing the shipment of good-quality used medical equipment together with new medical supplies to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH). In Vancouver, she and her team established the non-profit Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) in 2003, followed by two accompanying Canadian fundraising charities in 2004 and 2005.

 
CHERI REYNOLDS Director of Program Development Assist International Ms. Cheri Reynolds, an attorney, has (re)joined the Assist International team after practicing law for several years, focusing on civil litigation. She is the Director of Program Development, leading the innovation pillar of the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative on behalf of Assist International. She was instrumental in the development of Assist International’s women’s empowerment program and some of its orphaned and abandoned children’s programs. Ms. Reynolds is most excited when advocating for those in need and loves to solve problems—especially when the solution brings innovative ideas to alleviate healthcare gaps and poverty inequity. Children always have and always will have her heart, and she is passionate about advocating for their safety and well-being.

CHERI REYNOLDS
Director of Program Development
Assist International

Ms. Cheri Reynolds, an attorney, has (re)joined the Assist International team after practicing law for several years, focusing on civil litigation. She is the Director of Program Development, leading the innovation pillar of the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative on behalf of Assist International. She was instrumental in the development of Assist International’s women’s empowerment program and some of its orphaned and abandoned children’s programs. Ms. Reynolds is most excited when advocating for those in need and loves to solve problems—especially when the solution brings innovative ideas to alleviate healthcare gaps and poverty inequity. Children always have and always will have her heart, and she is passionate about advocating for their safety and well-being.

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. 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.

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. 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.

DENIS ROBSON Board of Directors Fistula Foundation Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management, collaborating regularly with Fistula Foundation on projects such as a small grants program, distribution of affordable fistula repair kits and sponsorship of a fistula forum in Scotland in 2011. Mr. Robson also founded Scotland’s ‘Ethicon’ branch. In his retirement, Mr. Robson acts as a healthcare advisor to NGOs on women’s health issues and surgery in Africa. Mr. Robson is an Honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

DENIS ROBSON
Board of Directors
Fistula Foundation

Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management, collaborating regularly with Fistula Foundation on projects such as a small grants program, distribution of affordable fistula repair kits and sponsorship of a fistula forum in Scotland in 2011. Mr. Robson also founded Scotland’s ‘Ethicon’ branch. In his retirement, Mr. Robson acts as a healthcare advisor to NGOs on women’s health issues and surgery in Africa. Mr. Robson is an Honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

LAURI ROMANZI, MD Project Director, Fistula Care Plus EngenderHealth Dr. Romanzi is a US board certified gynecologist with sub-specialty board credentials in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She most recently served as Visiting Associate Professor of Female Pelvic Medicine to Yale University, and engaged in fistula and FPMRS capacity building in Rwanda’s Human Resources for Health. Dr. Romanzi’s international program management experience in Africa and Asia includes national strategy for fistula eradication, protocol development and technical oversight, capacity building, database guidance, registry design, and grants acquisition.

LAURI ROMANZI, MD
Project Director, Fistula Care Plus
EngenderHealth

Dr. Romanzi is a US board certified gynecologist with sub-specialty board credentials in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She most recently served as Visiting Associate Professor of Female Pelvic Medicine to Yale University, and engaged in fistula and FPMRS capacity building in Rwanda’s Human Resources for Health. Dr. Romanzi’s international program management experience in Africa and Asia includes national strategy for fistula eradication, protocol development and technical oversight, capacity building, database guidance, registry design, and grants acquisition.

 
STEVEN ROSER, DMD, MD Representative International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dr. Roser was the first oral surgeon in Atlanta to use virtual surgery planning for free flap reconstruction following ablative surgery for oral cavity cancer. In September 2011, he received the AAOMS Humanitarian Award in recognition of Association members and fellows who have committed significant efforts toward improving quality of life for the public. In addition to his clinical, academic, and research activities, Dr. Roser has made several volunteer trips to Central and South America with Healing the Children. In the wake of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Dr. Roser was among the first wave of OMS responders to the country.

STEVEN ROSER, DMD, MD
Representative
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Dr. Roser was the first oral surgeon in Atlanta to use virtual surgery planning for free flap reconstruction following ablative surgery for oral cavity cancer. In September 2011, he received the AAOMS Humanitarian Award in recognition of Association members and fellows who have committed significant efforts toward improving quality of life for the public. In addition to his clinical, academic, and research activities, Dr. Roser has made several volunteer trips to Central and South America with Healing the Children. In the wake of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Dr. Roser was among the first wave of OMS responders to the country.

JACKIE ROWLES, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN President International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists Ms. 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. Ms. Rowles is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Pain Management. Ms. 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.

JACKIE ROWLES, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN
President
International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists

Ms. 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. Ms. Rowles is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Pain Management. Ms. 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.

LUBNA SAMAD, MD Chair Indus Hospital Research Center Dr. Lubna Samad is a pediatric surgeon with a focus on global health surgery delivery models. Dr. Samad has worked in Pakistan since 2001, with a full time appointment as a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the Indus Hospital since its inception in 2007. Dr. Samad coordinates activities at the Indus Hospital Research Center; she also coordinates the University of Texas Health Science Center and Indus Hospital partnership on research and training for clinical fellows and public health students.

LUBNA SAMAD, MD
Chair
Indus Hospital Research Center

Dr. Lubna Samad is a pediatric surgeon with a focus on global health surgery delivery models. Dr. Samad has worked in Pakistan since 2001, with a full time appointment as a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the Indus Hospital since its inception in 2007. Dr. Samad coordinates activities at the Indus Hospital Research Center; she also coordinates the University of Texas Health Science Center and Indus Hospital partnership on research and training for clinical fellows and public health students.

JOHN SAMPSON, MD Representative Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. John Sampson is an expert in facilitating the improvement of health care opportunities for people in Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Sampson is the former president of the Greater Washington Society of Anesthesiology and the founder/president of Doctors for United Medical Missions Inc. (DrUMM). Through his affiliation with DrUMM, Pro-Health International of Nigeria, Physicians for Peace and Health Volunteers Overseas, Dr. Sampson has led and organized the journey of numerous medical volunteers to Africa.

JOHN SAMPSON, MD
Representative
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. John Sampson is an expert in facilitating the improvement of health care opportunities for people in Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Sampson is the former president of the Greater Washington Society of Anesthesiology and the founder/president of Doctors for United Medical Missions Inc. (DrUMM). Through his affiliation with DrUMM, Pro-Health International of Nigeria, Physicians for Peace and Health Volunteers Overseas, Dr. Sampson has led and organized the journey of numerous medical volunteers to Africa.

 
ANGELA SPANG Managing Director of the London Medical Education Academy Angela has spent many years in international leadership positions and in most of her roles, training and medical education has been a central part. Through Angela’s focus on clinical data, hands on training and innovative medical education she has created, deployed and executed medical education in different forms for health care professionals from over 30 countries all over the world for over 15 years.  

ANGELA SPANG
Managing Director of the London Medical Education Academy

Angela has spent many years in international leadership positions and in most of her roles, training and medical education has been a central part. Through Angela’s focus on clinical data, hands on training and innovative medical education she has created, deployed and executed medical education in different forms for health care professionals from over 30 countries all over the world for over 15 years.

 

DAVID L SIGALET, MD President WOFAPS Dr. Sigalet is a Pediatric General Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in surgery, research and academia. His background in conducting pioneering research will be crucial for enabling Sidra to become a beacon for advancing standards of pediatric care globally. Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Sigalet was Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric general Surgery at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Calgary, one of Canada’s top research universities. Dr. Sigalet is the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons, a member of the Publications Committee for the American Pediatric Surgery Association and a member of the Editorial Boards of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Journal of Surgery.    

DAVID L SIGALET, MD
President
WOFAPS

Dr. Sigalet is a Pediatric General Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in surgery, research and academia. His background in conducting pioneering research will be crucial for enabling Sidra to become a beacon for advancing standards of pediatric care globally. Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Sigalet was Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric general Surgery at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Calgary, one of Canada’s top research universities. Dr. Sigalet is the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons, a member of the Publications Committee for the American Pediatric Surgery Association and a member of the Editorial Boards of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Journal of Surgery.    

DR. BRUNO SALAZARD President HumaniTerra International Dr. Bruno Salazard is the President of the association HumaniTerra, Dr. Salazard is a French surgical specialist renowned worldwide for reconstructive surgery and surgery of the hand. Dr. Salazard teaches microsurgery, surgery and reeducation of the hand in a number of schools of medecine in France. Dr. Salazard has several Masters degrees, in particular in Human and Comparative Genetics, and in the Anthropology, Ethnology and Sociology of Health. He is currently pursuing a degree in Health Political Science. Also, Dr. Salazard has participated in humanitarian surgical missions for ten years, and is behind the operating strategy initiative developed by the NGO HumaniTerra.

DR. BRUNO SALAZARD
President
HumaniTerra International

Dr. Bruno Salazard is the President of the association HumaniTerra, Dr. Salazard is a French surgical specialist renowned worldwide for reconstructive surgery and surgery of the hand. Dr. Salazard teaches microsurgery, surgery and reeducation of the hand in a number of schools of medecine in France. Dr. Salazard has several Masters degrees, in particular in Human and Comparative Genetics, and in the Anthropology, Ethnology and Sociology of Health. He is currently pursuing a degree in Health Political Science. Also, Dr. Salazard has participated in humanitarian surgical missions for ten years, and is behind the operating strategy initiative developed by the NGO HumaniTerra.

DR. MAMTA SWAROOP 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).  

DR. MAMTA SWAROOP
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).  

 
NICK SWIFT Chief Executive Officer Humanity Direct Nick and Katrina Swift came up with the idea for Humanity Direct several years ago when Katrina had an emergency C-section during the birth of their first child. The couple was incredibly lucky to have access to superb medical care, which made them reflect on people in the developing world who do not have this medical backup. Nick and Katrina started off raising money by completing over 40 marathons, triathlons and challenges to help fund operations overseas. They continue to fundraise while encouraging others to join and help change the lives of young patients around the world.

NICK SWIFT
Chief Executive Officer
Humanity Direct

Nick and Katrina Swift came up with the idea for Humanity Direct several years ago when Katrina had an emergency C-section during the birth of their first child. The couple was incredibly lucky to have access to superb medical care, which made them reflect on people in the developing world who do not have this medical backup. Nick and Katrina started off raising money by completing over 40 marathons, triathlons and challenges to help fund operations overseas. They continue to fundraise while encouraging others to join and help change the lives of young patients around the world.

GIRMA TEREFA, MD, FACS Medical Director American College of Surgeons Operation Giving Back Dr. Tefera joined the staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services the Medical Director of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) Program. 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. 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. 

GIRMA TEREFA, MD, FACS
Medical Director
American College of Surgeons
Operation Giving Back

Dr. Tefera joined the staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services the Medical Director of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) Program. 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. 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. 

ASHA VARGHESE, BS Director, Global Health GE Foundation Ms. Asha Varghese's range of responsibilities include leading GE’s philanthropic programs related to global healthcare. In particular, Ms. Varghese oversees GE’s Developing Health Globally (TM) program to improve access to quality healthcare across the developing world. Prior to this role, Ms. Varghese led the US Healthcare portfolio for GE Foundation, overseeing national initiatives focused on chronic diseases. In addition to her current role at the Foundation, Ms. Varghese also sits on the leadership council for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum Education initiatives.

ASHA VARGHESE, BS
Director, Global Health
GE Foundation

Ms. Asha Varghese's range of responsibilities include leading GE’s philanthropic programs related to global healthcare. In particular, Ms. Varghese oversees GE’s Developing Health Globally (TM) program to improve access to quality healthcare across the developing world. Prior to this role, Ms. Varghese led the US Healthcare portfolio for GE Foundation, overseeing national initiatives focused on chronic diseases. In addition to her current role at the Foundation, Ms. Varghese also sits on the leadership council for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum Education initiatives.

JULIE VARUGHESE, MD Medical Officer AmeriCares With AmeriCares, Dr. Julie Varughese shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies. Dr. Varughese also oversees AmeriCares Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to US-based health care professionals providing primary care services and surgeries overseas. Board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Varughese earned her MD from Rush University, where she also completed residency training.

JULIE VARUGHESE, MD
Medical Officer
AmeriCares

With AmeriCares, Dr. Julie Varughese shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies. Dr. Varughese also oversees AmeriCares Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to US-based health care professionals providing primary care services and surgeries overseas. Board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Varughese earned her MD from Rush University, where she also completed residency training.

NEIL WETZIG, MBBS, FRACS, FRCS Consultant & Advisor of Surgical Training Programs HEAL Africa Dr. Neil Wetzig first visited Goma, DR Congo in 2003 and has been leading multi-disciplinary medical teams to the HEAL Africa Hospital since 2006. He is assisting local staff in the establishment of a surgical training scheme in an attempt to deal with the large unmet surgical need. Neil is also the African Representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Global Health Committee, a RACS Examiner in General Surgery, and Board Member of the G4 Alliance.

NEIL WETZIG, MBBS, FRACS, FRCS
Consultant & Advisor of Surgical Training Programs
HEAL Africa

Dr. Neil Wetzig first visited Goma, DR Congo in 2003 and has been leading multi-disciplinary medical teams to the HEAL Africa Hospital since 2006. He is assisting local staff in the establishment of a surgical training scheme in an attempt to deal with the large unmet surgical need. Neil is also the African Representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Global Health Committee, a RACS Examiner in General Surgery, and Board Member of the G4 Alliance.

SUSAN WILLIAMSON, BA Executive Director Plasticos Foundation Responsible for designing, implementing and managing the organization’s strategic and operations plans, Ms. Williamson’s priority is to secure sustainable funding streams in order to fulfill the Foundation's multiple mission requests. Along with Plasticos Foundation founder, Dr. Larry Nichter, Ms. Williamson is a member of the missions team, traveling several times throughout the year. Ms. Williamson joined the organization in 2015 as the first Executive Director, with eighteen years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience.

SUSAN WILLIAMSON, BA
Executive Director
Plasticos Foundation

Responsible for designing, implementing and managing the organization’s strategic and operations plans, Ms. Williamson’s priority is to secure sustainable funding streams in order to fulfill the Foundation's multiple mission requests. Along with Plasticos Foundation founder, Dr. Larry Nichter, Ms. Williamson is a member of the missions team, traveling several times throughout the year. Ms. Williamson joined the organization in 2015 as the first Executive Director, with eighteen years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience.

ANNE ZEIDAN, MA Director of Operations 2nd Chance Ms. Zeidan is Director of Operations of 2nd Chance, a Swiss Association developing professional training in reconstructive surgery. In 2015, 2nd Chance entered a partnership with COSECSA to promote quality surgery training and developed the “School of Surgeons” in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the region. Ms. Zeidan previously headed the project on internal displacement at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Ms. Zeidan graduated with a degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva and has a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University.

ANNE ZEIDAN, MA
Director of Operations
2nd Chance

Ms. Zeidan is Director of Operations of 2nd Chance, a Swiss Association developing professional training in reconstructive surgery. In 2015, 2nd Chance entered a partnership with COSECSA to promote quality surgery training and developed the “School of Surgeons” in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the region. Ms. Zeidan previously headed the project on internal displacement at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Ms. Zeidan graduated with a degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva and has a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University.