Robert H. Taylor, C.M., MD, MIH, DipTM, FRCSC

Dr Taylor

Dr. Taylor is a Clinical Professor with UBC’s Department of Surgery and a General Surgeon staff member of Vancouver’s Providence Health Care Hospitals. A significant part of his 40-plus year career has been focused on surgical care in under-served populations in every continent of the world through surgical service, surgical training and infrastructure development. He has worked with faith-based organizations, University programs, NGO’s and the International Red Cross.



Brian Westerberg, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Dr Westerberg

Dr. Westerberg is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and a practicing Otolaryngology (Neurotology) surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. For the past 15 years he has been involved in service missions to Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ethiopia. In Uganda, supported by Rotary International, he has led the Hearing Health Care projects which have studied hearing loss and provided temporal bone courses and clinical officers lecture series focusing on issues of capacity building, sustainability, and the role of medical missions. Currently, Dr. Westerberg serves as the Director of the Branch for International Surgical Care at the University of British Columbia.



David Fairholm, MD, DipMedEd, FRCSC

Dr. Fairholm is a Neurosurgeon and a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. Internationally, he has been influential in establishing a broad range of clinical education programs and reform initiatives in Taiwan and in Indonesia. Currently, Dr. Fairholm is Executive Dean at Pelita Harapan University where he is providing advisory services in clinical education reform and administration. He is a member of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery and held the position of Secretary to the Board for eight years.

Norgrove Penny, CM, MD, FRCSC

Dr Penny

Dr. Penny is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, UBC. He has a Pediatric Orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Victoria, British Columbia. Throughout his career he has had an interest in international orthopedics, particularly in Africa, including practicing for a number of years in Uganda during which he established a country-wide children’s orthopedic rehabilitation program. Currently, Dr. Penny is Senior Advisor for Physical Impairment with CBM International through which he consults in low resource countries around the world.



Dr Poenaru

Dr. Poenaru is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Queens University, Canada. He is a Pediatric Surgeon and currently divides his time between Canada (Montreal Children’s Hospital) and several African countries, primarily Kenya and Ethiopia. During his decade of working in Kijabi, Kenya he contributed to the establishment of East Africa’s first pediatric surgery fellowship training program. He was clinical director of BethanyKids Africa, a faith based organization providing care to children with surgical disabilities. He is also Honorary Professor, Surgery, Aga Khan University, Kenya.


Hossam Elsharkawi, PhD

Dr Elsharkawi

Dr. Elsharkawi is Vice President for International Operations at Canadian Red Cross based in Ottawa, Canada. He overseas the Red Cross global emergency response to disasters and conflict, as well as recovery and longer term development. He has led numerous operations in this capacity. For over 25 years, Dr. Elsharkawi has been involved in the humanitarian emergencies field with a focus on preparedness, response and health in emergencies. His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty countries with a wide spectrum of disaster complexities.


Ross Brown, OMM, CD, MA, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Dr Brown


Dr. Brown is a Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC, and is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. He is also an Associate Medical Director of the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West). He has completed two tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan. In 2010, Dr. Brown was seconded to the Vancouver Olympic Committee to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games, managing the Whistler Polyclinic, which included the Mobile Medical Unit.


Chris Lovato, MA, PhD

Dr Lovato

Dr. Lovato is a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health and is the Founding Director, Evaluation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Her primary areas of expertise are in health promotion, population health and program evaluation. Her research focuses on evaluating the impact of health programs and policies. She is also conducting studies to evaluate the impact of medical school initiatives implemented in response to health care professional shortages in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada.


Dr. Jana MacLeod, MD, MSc, FRCS(C), FACS, FRC(ECSA)


Dr. MacLeod is a general surgeon with a subspecialty in trauma and critical care who presently works in Nairobi, Kenya. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Before becoming a surgeon she worked full time as a medical officer in a government district health care system in Tanzania. Prior to her present move to Kenya, Dr. MacLeod was Associate Professor of Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the Director of International Research and Partnerships for the Department of Surgery, an affiliate faculty at the Emory Injury Control Centre and was involved in many international projects and partnerships throughout East, Central and Southern Africa. At present, Dr Macleod is part-time faculty at Kenyatta University, where she teaches medical students, performs clinical surgery at the local District Hospital and is actively contributing to the establishment of post-graduate surgical education at Kenyatta University. She supervises and mentors students, interns and post-graduate residents mainly in surgery and clinical research-related endeavors. She is actively involved in many other forms of capacity building in Kenya and East Africa, such as community health projects with local and international partners. She also has a private surgical practice in Nairobi.