Kokila Lakhoo is consultant paediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, with research interests in global surgery, fetal counselling, neonatal necrotising enterocolitis surgery and paediatric thoracic surgery. She is chair of the international forum for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and is personally developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania. She is the director of Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) that has followed on from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She is editor of four books, including a recent joint venture with her African colleagues as editor to a text book namely ‘Paediatric Surgery: a comprehensive text for Africa’. She has to date contributed to 70 chapters to paediatric surgical text books and has over 300 peer reviewed publications.
Chris Lavy is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon at the University of Oxford.
In 1996-2006 he worked in Malawi, where he helped to set up two orthopaedic hospitals, national orthopaedic surgical and clinical officer training, and an international clubfoot programme. He helped set up the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), which now has 14 member countries.
He is a commissioner for the milestone report Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2015, and he has led several DFID-funded health partnership projects linking University of Oxford with COSECSA and other partners in Africa, to develop training and research partnerships in primary trauma care, clubfoot treatment, and orthopaedic surgery. He is a principal investigator for SURG-Africa, an EU Horizon 2020 project, focusing on improving district-level surgical care, and he is currently setting up a children’s orthopaedic unit in Zimbabwe.
Professor Lavy was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2007 for services to orthopaedics.
Prof Tahmina Banu is one of the pioneer pediatric surgeons of Bangladesh. She was most recently Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Chittagong Medical College & Hospital, currently working as Director, Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Bangladesh. She did her postgraduation [MS Paediatric Surgery] from BICH, Dhaka. She is a fellow of Royal College of Surgeons and Rowan Nicks fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Tahmina innovated Outreach surgical Program in 2008 to bring surgical services to rural children utilizing primary & secondary health care facilities; low-cost techniques for everyday patient sufferings such as stoma care using betel leaves, Bananagram in place of distal cologram etc. She is a board member & lead for research group of Global Initiative for Children Surgery [GICS]. Tahmina is a health activist with the belief in surgery for social justice.
Zineb Bentounsi is a medical doctor from Morocco who is currently completing her masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford. She is a founding member of the International Student Surgical Network - InciSioN, a network that she has chaired for two years and for which she is now serving as a trustee. She has coordinated several advocacy campaigns among which three #GlobalSurgeryDay campaigns. She advocates for a better access to healthcare in low and middle income countries.
Hosnieh is a consultant anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with expertise in delivering high quality clinical care and improving healthcare delivery to marginalised groups, in particular asylum seekers.
Hosnieh’s fifteen-year career in the NHS, and low income countries has been heavily focused on communication, partnership-working and education. This has included initiating and organising education series for many institutions including University of Oxford and Malawi School of Anaesthesia, and strategic planning with the Oxford University Global Surgery group and Asylum Welcome.
In her spare time Hosnieh is a City Councillor and campaigns to create a greater platform for addressing inequalities in Oxfordshire.
Hilary Edgcombe is a consultant anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with expertise in delivering both high quality clinical care and training in low-resource settings. With a Masters in Global Health with Global Surgery, clinical and training experience over the last 15 years in several sub-Saharan African countries, and enthusiasm for locally-led innovation, her current research interests include work on the LIFE project with colleagues from the University of Oxford and KEMRI-Wellcome, Kenya, developing mobile training tools for use in resource-poor settings, and the training of different cadres of anaesthesia provider in sub-Saharan Africa. She also directs the internationally recognised Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course, held in Uganda annually.
Anant’s experience in health care started when working with Sir Muir Gray on the QIPP Right Care programme in the England Department of Health. This involved helping localities across England to design and implement high value population-based healthcare systems, including building the first national system for stroke prevention for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, which was a joint venture with NHS England and Public Health England.
Dr. Hagander is senior consultant paediatric surgeon in Lund, Sweden. He is associate professor in Paediatric surgery and Public health at Lund University and leads the WHO collaborating centre for surgery and public health. Hagander was a global surgery research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and one of the co-chairs of the Lancet commission on global surgery.
Tony Jefferis was an ENT Surgeon is East Berkshire between 1985- 2011 after training in Cambridge and London. He was Head of the Oxford School of Surgery 2007-2012 and Deputy PG Dean in Oxford till 2015. Since leaving paid work he teaches on the Education Module for the Oxford MSc in Surgical Science and Practice and works with the Oxford Global Surgery Group. His current overseas involvement is in Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
Roba Khundkar is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Global Surgery. After graduating from Oxford University, she completed her core and higher surgical training in the Southwest and Oxford Deaneries respectively. She has undertaken additional fellowship training in Oxford, India and Japan in Sarcoma, Limb Reconstruction, Microsurgery and Super-microsurgery. She has a specialist interest in sarcoma epidemiology and management.
Having been actively engaged in medical education all throughout her career Roba is currently an Associate Oxford University Medical Education Fellow and has been involved in setting up regional educational networks and national Medical Education Conferences.
As a founding member of the Global Anaesthesia, Surgical and Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC), she served as Secretary to the committee. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Global Surgery in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford with a special interest in supporting surgical training programmes in LMICs. She is involved with research and training collaborations with surgical and academic units in Tanzania, South Sudan, the Middle East, Egypt and Bangladesh. She is currently involved in surgical care in active conflict zones and displaced populations.
As a core faculty member of the Oxford University Global Surgery Group, she is involved in the group's research, educational and advocacy work. She leads the undergraduate programme for Oxford medical students in Global Surgery and is a research supervisor to both medical students and Academic Foundation Programme Trainees.
Anita Makins is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries. Her specialist interest is in Global Women's Health Issues and she has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa in Emergency Obstetric care, Gynaecology and Fistula surgery.
Currently she works part time at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and part time for FIGO (International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists).
At the OUH she works on Delivery Suite, elective CS lists, emergency gynaecology clinic and does ad hoc day case Gynae surgery.
At FIGO, Anita is Deputy Director of the PPIUD (Post Partum Intrauterine Device) Initiative, sits on FIGO's Contraception Working Group and on the Committee for Women's Health and Human Rights and collaborates with the WHO on Medical Eligibility Criteria workshops.
On a voluntary basis, she is a faculty member of the Oxford University's Global Surgery group, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s (LSTM) Making it Happen Programme, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's (LSHTM) Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Shobi completed a degree in medical anthropology before training as a surgeon, specialising in paediatric surgery. After working for a few months in Malawi, she experienced first-hand the importance of the social determinants of health, and the need for robust health systems. Shobi returned to the UK to re-train as an academic primary care physician, conducting health services research at the University of Cambridge, where she completed her MPhil in Primary Care Research Methods.
During Shobi's time as a clinician and medical educator, she has worked closely with rural communities and community healthcare workers in low resource-settings in India and Malawi, and is passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based care to rural populations.
Shobi is currently pursuing her DPhil, involving the use of technology in low resource settings, at Oxford University. Her research interests include global maternal child health, innovative technology, community health workers, and medical education.
Mr Noel Peter, BMedSci(Hons) BMBS DipSportsMed(UK) FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant in Trauma and Upper Limb Surgery
Noel Peter is a Consultant in Trauma and Upper Limb Surgery and Major Trauma Lead at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is a specialist upper limb surgeon who has been trained in internationally renowned surgical centres in the UK and Australia with an exclusive interest in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. He is an expert in conservative and surgical management of problems affecting the upper limb. He is the seminar lead for Oxford University Global Surgery Group and one of the core faculty for the Oxford Global Surgery accredited short course. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Nuffield Department for Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at University of Oxford, and co-founder and past president of the Global Anaesthesia Surgery and Obstetric Collaborative (GASOC).
Dr Pinedo-Villanueva is a University Research Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Health Economics at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford. He trained in Economics and Political Science (Michigan), Public Policy (Venezuela), and Health Economics (York, Southampton), and worked for the United Nations Population Fund and United Nations Development Programme before moving full time into academia. He leads the Health Economics and Outcomes Research group, with a portfolio of research projects mainly focused on the use of routinely-collected data for economic analyses of musculoskeletal diseases and interventions in the UK and abroad. His main research interests are understanding the natural history of diseases and assessing healthcare interventions to help healthcare systems make better decisions. Dr Pinedo-Villanueva is a member of the Global Burden of Disease collaborator network.
Kusum Thapa is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Masters in Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (UK). At present she is working as a Senior Maternal Health Advisor for MCSP (USAID Flagship Program)/Jhpiego. She has been actively involved in providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of Maternal Newborn Health interventions both at the global and country level particularly in Asia and Africa. Has been involved in policy decision for task shifting to increase access to MNCH Services including quality surgical care and thus help catalyze change in surgical care through investment in leadership development and capacity enhancement.
Member of the WHO Technical working group for MPDSR(Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response). Led UNFPA’s Nepal Program in the development of Competency based training Manuals for Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse and National Guideline and Protocol and training package for Frontline’s Health workers response to Gender Based Violence and training providers in these areas.
Served as a National Coordinator for Figo/NESOG, PPFP/PPIUD Program in Nepal and President of the Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologist Nepal (2017-2019). Current Vice President of SAFOG (South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecologist).
Passion is to continue to dedicate both personal and professional life to reducing preventable deaths of women and newborns, advancing the cause of women and children globally and finding sustainable and long-term solutions to make a difference in people’s lives.
Jim Turner is a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bristol Children’s Hospital, and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow of NDORMS, University of Oxford.
After graduating from University of Edinburgh, Jim was awarded a commission with the British Army and served in the 2003 Iraq war as a Regimental Medical Officer of the Parachute Regiment. This experience was instrumental in him developing a passion for humanitarian healthcare and gaining a post-graduate qualification in medical care for catastrophes. During his orthopaedic training, he spent time working in a rural south African mission hospital, performed free surgery camps in India, and completed paediatric orthopaedic fellowships at Beit CURE International Hospital Malawi and the Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto. Jim has also worked as a clinical advisor with the World Health Organisation to develop global trauma guidelines. He returned at the end of 2017 from an 18 month stint working as a surgeon in CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital, and then worked as a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Clinical Research Fellow in Global Surgery at NDORMS, University of Oxford from 2017-2018.
Garreth is a Philanthropist living in Scotland with his wife Nicola and their two young daughters.
Garreth and Nicola founded KidsOR (Kids Operating Room) in 2017 with a vision of a world where every child has equal access to safe surgery.
Partnered with Yale, Oxford University and The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, KidsOR recently launched at the World Health Assembly a 10-year initiative to develop 120 centres of excellence in surgical services for children across Africa; including building 120 pediatric operating rooms and training 120 pediatric surgeons and anesthesia providers.
Proving they can provide life-saving interventions for as little as $100 a child, KidsOR will train the next generation of pediatric surgeons across Africa, allowing millions of children to access life-changing care.
By the end of 2019, KidsOR will have created capacity for 21,000 children to have the operations they desperately need, prevented 357,000 years of disability and created an economic benefit of $185 Million USD.
In his spare time Garreth is a car enthusiast and collector, enjoys skiing and golf, and has one of the rarest Lego collections in the world.