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Oxford University Global Surgery Group

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Weekly Project Updates

Starting October 2019, we are holding weekly project updates for OUGSG members to share about current global surgery training and research projects, and ideas for collaboration.

Thursdays, 8:30-9:00am

Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) Seminar Room, Level 6, John Radcliffe Hospital

All welcome, and we usually go for coffee in George Pickering Education Centre (Level 3) afterwards.


We hold termly networking meetings at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the early evening to encourage wider networking from around the region, usually with a talk and refreshments after.

Our next networking meeting - all welcome:

Tuesday 19 November 2019, Seminar Room, George Pickering Education Centre (GPEC), Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford


We will have three 15-20 min talks, with time for questions and discussion, chaired by Prof Chris Lavy.

1. Dr Tongai Chitsamatanga FCS Ortho (ECSA), International Fellow in Orthopaedics, OUH NHS Foundation Trust 

‘Reflections on trauma and orthopaedic care in Zimbabwe and UK’ 

Dr Chitsamatanga trained in Zimbabwe at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals under the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. He is a trainer with AO Alliance and has completed a paediatric orthopaedics fellowship at Beit CURE International Hospital Malawi. His clinical and research interests are in paediatric orthopaedics, deformity correction and bone infection. He is also interested in equitable access in orthopaedics for low-income countries. He is married with three boys.  


2. Dr Zineb Bentounsi, Global Surgical Systems Research Assistant,  NDORMS

‘Advocacy in Global Surgery’ 

Zineb Bentounsi is a Research Assistant in Global Surgical Systems for SURG-AFRICA project, helping to strengthen the delivery of surgical care in low and middle income countries. She holds a medical degree and a masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a founding member of the International Student Surgical Network - InciSioN, a network that she has co-chaired for two years and for which she is now serving as a trustee. She is also involved with the Oxford University Global Surgery Group. 


3. Grace Le, Programme Manager, NDORMS 

‘Scaling up safe surgery in district-level hospitals in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania - SURG-Africa project’ 

Grace Le is a programme manager and researcher for SURG-Africa, a multi-country research study focusing on surgery for rural populations in Africa. She has managed several global health partnerships at Oxford, including a trauma and orthopaedics research and training partnership with the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COOL project).  

Refreshments provided. 


The following OUGSG seminar date is Thursday 12 December, 6:00-7:15pm:

GPEC, John Radcliffe Hospital

Speakers: Dr Søren Kudsk-Iversen and Dr Aoife Fitzgerald, anaesthestists in the Oxford Deanery

Title:  “Working with MSF in the field and in research: two perspectives”.

Chair: Dr Hilary Edgcombe, Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics

About the speakers:

Søren Kudsk-Iversen is a senior anaesthetic registrar and academic clinical fellow in anaesthesia. His research interests include anaesthesia in resource-limited and humanitarian settings. He has been involved with a variety of anaesthetic quality improvement projects in Zambia and South Africa and taught on WFSA SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia courses in Nepal and Cambodia. Recently he has been conducting research with MSF-Operational Centre Brussels and has a number of ongoing projects regarding anaesthesia provision in humanitarian settings.



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Our regular seminars are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6.00-7.00pm at the John Radcliffe Hospital. New dates to be announced.

We would love to hear from you! If you'd like to present at one of our seminars, please contact Mr Noel Peter:


OUGSG usually presents at two Oxford University Hospitals Surgical Grand Rounds each year. 

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OUGSG joins with Global Surgery groups in London and Birmingham for a bimonthly GASOC Journal Club organized by registrars to discuss the latest in global surgery and anaesthesia related papers. 

Details here.


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Next Journal Club date: Tuesday 26 November 2019, 19:00

3 confirmed sites:

- Leeds: Clinical Science Building, Seminar room 7.15, Level 7, St Jame's University Hospital, LS9 7TF
- Oxford: NDS Seminar Room, Level 6, John Radcliffe Hospital, OX3 9DU
- Glasgow: RCPSG, 234 St Vincent street, G2 5RJ

For discussion, presented by Dr Chiara Pittalis:

Surgical referral systems in low- and middle-income countries: A review of the evidence
Chiara Pittalis, Ruairi Brugha, Jakub Gajewski
PLOS One,  Published: September 27, 2019

For those who cannot attend at the Oxford or London venue, the event will be streamed on the GASOC Youtube channel.



We recently held the second Oxford Global Surgery Course, 9-13 September 2019.

Our 2020 dates will be announced here. Please email to be added to the mailing list for this.

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Oxford Tropical Medicine Day, Thursday 21st November 2019, JRH Lecture Theatre 2
14:00-­‐17:00 All welcome

Events at the Nuffield Department of Medicine Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health



OUGSG at Surgical Grand Round, Friday 8 November 2019, Prof Chris Lavy speaking on “Setting up a public-private partnership in elective surgery in Zimbabwe”.

OUGSG Termly Meeting, Tuesday 2 July 2019

1. Dr Sudha Jayaraman: “A global surgery career and thoughts on the future”  

2:  Dr Andrew Ferguson: Gaza: a health system stumbling from crisis to catastrophe


OUGSG at Surgical Grand Rounds, 31 May 2019

1. Dr Anita Makins, 'FGM: a global perspective'

2. Dr Katy Newell-Jones, ‘Medicalisation of female genital cutting: decision making dilemmas and competing priorities’


OUGSG Termly Meeting: Thursday 28 March 2019

1. Trauma Care in Laos: The unintended consequences of short training courses: Rebecca Inglis

2. A "Useful(?) Idiot" Goes to Syria: Tony Jefferis

3. Poetry for Peace - The Cracked Jug: Shakira Morar


Oxford Surgical Grand Rounds: Friday 1 March 2019

Title: ‘Innovations to improve outcome and patient safety in low and middle income countries’. Speakers: Professor Shafi Ahmed (Associate Dean at Barts and the London Medical School) and Ms Sarah Kessler (Producer of award-winning documentary ‘The Checklist Effect’)


Oxford University Global Surgery Course, 10-14 September 2018

This 5-day course is for health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of current developments in global surgical and anaesthesia, who would like to explore ways of further involvement in training, research and surgical systems strengthening and potential global surgery career pathways.

Information about the recent 2018 course here - dates for 2019 to be announced.


GASOC Conference, 14 September 2018

OUGSG is co-hosted the 2018 GASOC conference on Friday 14 September at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, in conjunction with the last day of the Oxford Global Surgery Course. Find out more here.


Oxford Global Surgery Networking Meeting

Thursday 7 June 2018, 6-7pm, Shobhana Nagraj of the George Institute, “Technology Implementation in Healthcare in Low and Middle Income Settings” & Robin Youngs, Consultant Otolaryngologist and UK Lead for Global ENT, "Deafness: the  global burden,  with special reference to  Nepal and Myanmar”. 


Surgical Grand Rounds

Friday 18 May 2018: Ms Shannon Gunawardana, Ms Kathryn Ford and Prof Kokila Lakhoo, 'Global Surgery: Paediatric Surgical Team'. See video here on YouTube.




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