I am an anaesthetist and the Oxford University Global Surgery Group Clinical Fellow. I have been involved in global health for around 10 years with individual lecture trips, clinical work as part of the Basingstoke Hoima Partnership for Health and clinical teaching and service provision for surgical camps in Uganda, Malawi and Sierra Leone. More recently I spent around 8 months working with the group Freedom from fistula in both Sierra Leone and Malawi working on obstetric fistula and emergency obstetric surgery as well as Lifebox teaching, clinical governance and theatre development projects. In the UK I am immediate past president of GASOC (Global Anaesthetic Surgical and Obstetric Collaboration) a group supporting sub-consultant grade engagement in global surgery.
I am a General Surgery Registrar in Oxford currently undertaking a period as a Clinical Research Fellow working towards a DPhil. My undergraduate medical training was at the University of Edinburgh, where I also completed an intercalated BMedSci (Hons) degree (Neurosciences) and my research was focused on the neurocircuitry of learning and memory. After my Foundation training in Edinburgh, I went on to complete my Core Surgical Training in London at Kings College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital before being appointed as a Specialist Registrar on the Oxford (Thames Valley) Higher Surgical Training (HST) programme. I have a keen clinical interest in multi-organ transplant surgery and complex vascular access surgery as well as applications of novel technology in access and transplant surgery. I am a surgical tutor for undergraduates at the University of Oxford and a member of the Oxford Global Surgery Group with a particular interest in surgical system strengthening and surgical innovation in LMICs.
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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.
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Anant is an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He currently works on understanding how we can improve population health through social prescriptions and by addressing social determinants of health. Prior to his position at the University of Oxford, Anant worked in Europe and the Middle East to help healthcare systems within these countries to focus more on value-based healthcare. Anant has a PhD in immunology from Yale University.
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.
Professor Kokila Lakhoo is a 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.
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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.
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Dr Anita Makins is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and has a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries. She is a Consultant at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Women’s Health at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health at Oxford University.
She has extensive experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and is currently Director of the PPIUD Initiative at FIGO (the International Federation of Obstetricians & Gynecologists), a multimillion dollar project running for 6 years across 6 countries in Africa and South East Asia.
Dr Shobhana (Shobi) Nagraj is a Clinical Researcher, with a professional background in paediatric surgery and primary care, and a research background in Health Services Research and Implementation Science.
During her time as a clinician and medical educator, Shobi has worked closely with rural communities and Community Health Care Workers in low-resource settings globally. She is passionate about delivering high-quality, universal health services to women and children, that meet the needs of the communities and end-users. Shobi’s research focuses on the use of theory in the design, development and implementation of complex interventions (including mobile technologies) to support the interprofessional education and training of the healthcare workforce in low-resource settings.
Shobi co-leads the Oxford University Global Surgery Course and is part of the NIHR Global Health Community of Practice on Community Engagement & Involvement.
Mr Noel Peter
Mr Noel Peter, BMedSci(Hons) BMBS DipSportsMed(UK) FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant in Trauma and Upper Limb Surgery.
Associate Director of Medical Education.
Clinical Lead for Major Trauma.
Mr Noel Peter is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Global Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. He is also the Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) and the Associate Director for Medical Education (ADME). He is also part of the Peer Support Network and an active member of the Diversity Network at his Trust. On completion of his surgical training in Oxford, he went on to pursue a highly acclaimed accredited Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) specialist fellowship in minimal access surgery and joint arthroplasty in upper limb, including hand and micro-vascular surgery. Following successful completion of these internationally renowned fellowships, he took on a role as Consultant in Trauma and Upper Limb Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane (Australia) before returning home ot the UK.
Noel has been involved in global health projects over the last 11 years, where he has been involved in collaborative partnership to improve surgical training in a number of low-and-middle income countries, particularly in the area of Major Trauma care. His research passion revolves around health care system and policy research, with a focus on non-communicable diseases. He is passionate about medical education, and has previously served as a Clinical Teaching Associate (CTA) at St John’s College, University at Oxford and recipient of numerous Trainer of the Term (TOT) awards by the Medical division. In his role as ADME at GHNHSFT, he now leads on delivering the highest standards of postgraduate medical education and development for trainees at the Trust across all medical and surgical specialties.
Noel was part of the team that delivered the COSECSA-Oxford-Orthopaedic Link (COOL) project which was funded by the Department of International Development (DFID) through the Health Partnership Scheme. His work on improving trauma training in low and middle income countries through equitable partnerships has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Lancet and BMJ. Over the course of his career, he has held leadership positions in various national and international societies and is involved in research and training partnerships with a number of surgical and academic units in Australia, Rwanda, Uganda and Malaysia. Noel’s involvement in mixed method research in trauma care lead to his appointment as a visiting clinical lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the NDORMS, Oxford.
Noel is also the founding president of the Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC) which is the largest postgraduate society for junior doctors involved in global health partnerships and projects in the UK. Noel is currently the Co-Chief Investigator on the COVID Paeds Cancer study involving more than 500 collaborators from a 46 different countries across the world investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric cancer outcomes. He is a member of the European Alliance for Artificial Intelligence and regularly lecturers on the role technology plays in bringing equity to surgical care globally.
Dr Pinedo-Villanueva is Associate Professor 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.
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