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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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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
Mr Noel Peter is a consultant surgeon in trauma and orthopaedics, and honorary senior clinical lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. Noel has been involved in global health projects over the last 11 years. His passion revolves around health care system research and is passionate about medical education. He 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 under the leadership of Prof Chris Lavy and Prof Godfrey Muguti. His work on improving trauma training in low and middle income countries through equitable partnerships have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including the Lancet. 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. He 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. He is a also the Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) and the Associate Director for Medical Education (ADME) at the Trust. Noel is the Co-Chief Investigator on the COVID Paeds Cancer study which has more than 500 collaborators from a 46 different countries across the globe 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 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.
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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.
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