SURG 510: Surgical Care in International Health


Brian H. Cameron, MD, DipMedEd, FRCSC

Dr. Cameron is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Director of the International Surgery Desk at McMaster University.  His global surgery experience started with 4 years as a general surgeon, faculty, and acting Dean of the Fiji School of Medicine.  Since returning to North America, he has been a regular visitor to Guyana for the past 25 years as a clinical teacher and Trauma Team Training instructor.  In 2006 with Guyanese surgeons and CAGS colleagues, Dr. Cameron helped start Guyana’s first postgraduate surgery training program, which is now self-sustaining.   At McMaster, Dr. Cameron coordinates partnerships and visiting surgical trainees from Uganda and Guyana as well as teaching global health students and networking faculty and residents involved in surgical care through the MacGlObAS collaborative.




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

Dr. MacLeod is a general surgeon with a sub-specialty in trauma and critical care who presently works in Nairobi, Kenya. Her prior experience includes work as a medical officer in Tanzania, Associate Professor of Surgery at Emory University, and involvement 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.





SURG 512: Global Disability: A Surgical Care Mandate


Norgrove Penny, CM, MD, FRCSC, FCS(ECSA)

Dr. Penny is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at 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 Medical Advisor for Hope and Healing International and other global surgical organizations through which he consults in low resource countries around the world.







Dr. Poenaru is Professor of Pediatric Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. During his decade of working in East Africa he has 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 a founding member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) and dean of Université Shalom Bunia Faculté de Médecine, DRC.

Dr. Poenaru is a FRQS- and CIHR-funded investigator in global pediatric surgery and patient-centred surgical care. He is the director of the Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, Research Committee chair for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), and director-at-large and Research Committee co-chair of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS).
Dr. Poenaru’s current areas of academic interest are developing global surgical research capacity, equity in surgical care provision for children in low-resource settings, patient-centered surgical care, technology-assisted risk communication, faith issues in clinical practice, and global medical education.


SURG 514: Surgical Care in Humanitarian Disaster Response


Hossam Elsharkawi, PhD

Dr Hossam Elsharkawi is a seasoned professional and leader with over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian world, the healthcare sector and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

In his humanitarian journey, Hossam has been for past 10 years Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross. He has also worked with ICRC, IFRC, Norwegian Red Cross and Palestine Red Crescent.

Hossam has been leading the preparedness and response to complex humanitarian emergencies – including epidemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars. He has managed teams responding to catastrophic events domestically and internationally. He has also focused on the capacity strengthening of National Societies, learning and innovation.

His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty-five countries and led complex humanitarian negotiations. He completed a one-year assignment as Senior Consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he developed a guidance document for medical teams responding to health emergencies in armed conflict and insecure environments. Hossam has a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a PhD in Health Management from City University in London, England. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and guest faculty at McGill and McMaster Universities. He teaches disaster response and healthcare in complex humanitarian crises. He has authored or edited more than a dozen publications and presentations on issues dealing with humanitarian work, disaster response, healthcare and medical technology, and capacity building.

Hossam, who is married and is a father of two, is fluent in English and Arabic, and possesses a basic grasp of French.


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

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.







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

Dr. MacLeod is a general surgeon with a sub-specialty in trauma and critical care who presently works in Nairobi, Kenya. Her prior experience includes work as a medical officer in Tanzania, Associate Professor of Surgery at Emory University, and involvement 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.





SURG 516: Program Planning and Evaluation in Surgical Care Low Resource Settings


Laura May Lee, MSc, PhD

Dr. Lee is a research consultant with over 10 years of experience focused on global health programming, protection, and services.  Specializing in program planning, monitoring and evaluation, community-based participatory research methodologies, child and youth protection and participation, and social justice and health equity, she has designed, implemented and analyzed research projects with communities in Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia, India, Lebanon, Jordan and Angola. Her approach to research and teaching is complemented by experience developing health programs globally.







Dr Shafique Pirani is a Clinical Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia Medical School. Dr Pirani’s major interest is in clubfoot. He is widely known for his clubfoot assessment tool (known as the Pirani Clubfoot Severity Score), for his pioneering work on how the Ponseti Method corrects the clubfoot deformity, and for initiating the movement for the use of the Ponseti Method in developing nations. He is the Project Director for both the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project (USCCP) and Sustainable Clubfoot Care in Bangladesh (SCCB). Both are Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) supported initiatives to build capacity for sustainable Ponseti clubfoot management throughout their respective countries.

The World Health Organization has recognized the success of USCCP and recommended its model as a way of helping the disabled worldwide. Dr Pirani has been widely recognized for his work. His awards include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Humanitarian Award, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Humanitarian Award, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s Award for Excellence, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America’s Angie Kuo Award, the University of British Columbia’s Impact in the Community Award, and Fraser Health’s Above and Beyond Award.

SURG 517: Clinical Research Methods for Surgical Procedures with Global Surgical Comparisons

Dr. Kishore Mulpuri MBBS, MS (Ortho), MHSc, FRCSC

Dr. Kishore Mulpuri is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and an Associate Professor with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Orthopaedics. The major focus of both his clinical practice and research is pediatric hip conditions and cerebral palsy. Dr. Mulpuri is the Evidence to Innovation research theme co-lead at the BC Children’s Hospital research institute and the program medical lead for the Child Health BC Hip Surveillance Program, the first and only provincial program of its kind in North America. The study aims to identify and monitor the critical early indicators of progressive hip displacement in children with cerebral palsy to prevent the need for salvage and late reconstructive hip surgery. Furthermore, he is the research director for the International Hip Dysplasia Registry (IHDR), a collaborative, international study with the goal of improving diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes for children with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Currently, the registry has representation from seven countries across four continents and provides an unprecedented platform to bring about actionable change in practice that will benefit children around the world.


Brian Westerberg, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

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.





SURG 518: Surgical Care in Canada’s Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities with Global Comparisons


Nadine Caron, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Dr. Caron is an associate professor in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Sugery and is teaching in the Northern Medical Program.  She has served on numerous committees including the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of  Health – Advisory Committee on Provincial Health Goals; British Columbia Medical Association – Committee on Health Promotion; Native Physicians Association of Canada; and is currently Chair of the BC Medical Association’s Committee on Aboriginal Health. Her work involves a variety of audiences and knowledge users including governments, provincial health authorities, national medical organizations, health research funding bodies, and several universities to achieve identified and overlapping objectives.

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Jane Lea, BSc, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Jane Lea is an Otolaryngologist specializing in Otology and Neurotology at St. Paul’s Hospital. She obtained her MD in 2005, and completed her residency in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2010. She has completed subspecialty fellowship training in two disciplines: Otology and Neurotology, and Pediatric Otolaryngology, both at the University of British Columbia. Post-fellowship training abroad at Johns Hopkins University and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was also undertaken in the field of vestibular disorders. Her current clinical practice and research endeavours are focused on disorders of hearing and balance.






Melanie Morris, BSc, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Melanie Morris is an Indigenous surgeon at the Children’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Melanie is metis and is a pediatric surgeon and urologist with a specialty in minimally invasive surgery. She is the first Indigenous pediatric surgeon in Canada.   Dr. Morris is an associate professor at the University of Manitoba and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is the founder and medical director of the University of Manitoba Global Surgery Office and has done extensive work and teaching in Kenya and Uganda. She has recently developed initiatives and outreach clinics in Northern Manitoba and Nunavut. She has founded the Pediatric Surgery of the North program and is being funded by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation to create indigenous initiatives in the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg.  Dr. Morris holds various teaching positions within the University of Manitoba including being a faculty in the curriculum for indigenous teaching for medical students. Melanie is a standing member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada since 2016, prior to this was a member of the Canadian Aboriginal Leaders in Medicine (2000-2004). Dr. Morris has a medical degree from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from the University of Winnipeg.

SURG 542: Directed Study in Global Surgical Care


Charles Mock, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Mock has training as both a trauma surgeon and an epidemiologist. He worked as a surgeon in Ghana for 4 years, including at a rural hospital (Berekum) and at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi).  From 2005-7, he served as Director of the University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC).  From 2007-10 he worked at World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, where he was responsible for developing WHO’s trauma care activities.  In 2010, he returned to his position as Professor of Surgery (with joint appointments as Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Global Health) at the University of Washington.

His main interests include the spectrum of injury control, as it pertains to countries at all economic levels: surveillance; injury prevention; pre-hospital care; and hospital-based trauma care.  He is Past President (2013-2015) of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC). He currently serves as co-chair of the American Surgical Association Working Group on Global Surgery and as Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery.


Robert Baird, MSc, MDCM, FRCPSC, FACS

Dr. Baird is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program, and Fellowship Program Director at the University of British Columbia. He holds double Master’s degrees from McGill University (Experimental Surgery) and Oxford University (Evidence-Based Health Care). He worked in Kenya while completing his surgical training and currently supports the Uganda-Vancouver surgical partnership through in-person camps, virtual teaching and curriculum building for learners from low-resource environments. He is particularly focused on bidirectional opportunities to enhance surgical training as well as evidence-based capacity building.

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SURG 560: Global Surgical Care Field Practicum


Peter O’Brien, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Peter O’Brien is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and a practicing Orthopaedic Trauma surgeon at the Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver. He is the author of numerous publications, including research articles evaluating the economic impact of musculoskeletal injuries on individuals and their families in low and middle income countries.

He is an active participant and organizer of the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program (USTOP). For the past 12 years Dr. O’Brien has been involved in educational programs in the orthopaedic resident training program in Uganda. USTOP provides clinical teaching and educational courses for health care practitioners at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.  Dr. O’Brien is a member of the advisory board of the Branch for International Surgical Care at UBC.




Emilie Joos, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Joos is a Clinical Assistant Professor with UBC’s Department of Surgery.  Dr. Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. She is an instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and an Advanced Trauma Life Support course director. She has been working with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2015 and was deployed several times in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017 she completed her Emergency Response Unit training with the Canadian Red Cross and is now on the roster for deployment. Dr. Joos is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery and obtained her Critical Care accreditation from the Royal College in 2014. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Joos is a course director for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma, the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care and the Advanced Trauma Life Support courses. She is the provincial chair for ATLS in British Columbia and the Surgical Care Surgery Fellowship program director at UBC, in addition to being the Associate Medical Director at the Branch for International Surgical Care.