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2019 Yale Global Surgery Symposium

April 05, 2019

We are delighted to gather both guest speakers and the Yale community to highlight work in a wide variety of surgical disciplines to provide an educational forum for challenges and solutions in global surgery, share experience, and build collaborations.

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

The speaker lineup features surgeons, physicians, and entrepreneurs from around the world, including Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Programming features a luncheon poster session and dedicated time for networking and discussion.

All are welcome to attend. Registration is strongly encouraged. The event is free.



Tahmina Banu MD, Chittagong Medical College + Hospital
Professor Banu is a Pediatric Surgeon at Chittagong Medical College & Hospital in Bangladesh. She is currently working as Director, Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery and is fellow of Royal College of Surgeons and Rowan Nicks fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She has worked extensively to improve children’s surgical care within Bangladesh and globally, pioneering an a surgical outreach program to bring services to rural regions and has developed low-cost techniques to treat common surgical conditions such as stoma care using betel leaves and using a bananagram in place of distal cologram. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery.

Luc Malemo MD, HEAL Africa
Dr. Luc Malemo is a general surgeon from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is one of the first international surgeons selected for the McGill University Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, and is currently working towards a PhD in Experimental Surgery at McGill. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he served as as Chief Surgeon and Hospital Director HEAL Africa, which operates a tertiary care hospital and develops training and community-based health care programs. In 2015, Malemo became the director of the first surgical residency program in the North Kivu accredited by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.


Zaitun Bokhary MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania

Garreth Wood, Founder, KIDS OR, Scotland

Ambereen Sleemi MD, Executive Director, International Medical Response

Michelle Telfer DNP, Assistant Professor, Nurse Midwifery, Yale Melanie Sion MD, Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Yale

Egide Abahuje MD, Simulation Education Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Lecturer of Surgery, University of Rwanda

Robert Brady MD, Founder and Director, Straight Caribbean Spine Foundation

Moses Galukande MD PhD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Makerere College of Health Sciences

Janat Tumukunde MD, Lecturer in Anesthesia, Makerere College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Viji Kurup MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Yale

Julia Cron, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale

Ravia Parikh MD MPH, Fellow in Ophthalmology


Submitted by Cecelia Smith on April 05, 2019

Poster Session Call For Abstracts

Students, residents, and faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract for the luncheon poster session showcase.


  • Maximum number of authors: 10 (including the lead author)
  • Structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • Word limit: 350 words (does not include the title)
  • Table or Figure: Maximum one table or figure per abstract
  • Co-authors must disclose financial relationships

Abstracts must be submitted by April 15, 2019. Previously presented posters are eligible. Direct all abstract submissions to