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Oxford University Global Surgery Group




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Weekly Project Updates

At our weekly project updates, our OUGSG members 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 OUGSG seminar:

Thursday 23 January 2020, 6:00-7:15pm:

George Pickering Education Centre (GPEC), Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital

Our two speakers will be focusing on global women's health:

Title: Women's Health in Protracted Refugee Setting; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Speaker: Dr Ibtisam Salim, MD, MMED (Obs/Gyn), MRCOG 

Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Women's Health & Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT.

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She graduated medicine from Istanbul University. She worked in Kenya where she did her foundation years. She spent 18 months in Dadaab Refugee Camp which was the largest refugee camp in the world, working a medical officer for UNHCR-GTZ.  There, she was a doctor caring for a population over 300,000 in a remote and insecure setting. She proceeded to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, while continuing to volunteer and support this vulnerable population. She is now a clinical research fellow with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT​ and The Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health with a special interest in Fetal Maternal medicine.

She is passionate about women’s health; specifically, the issues faced by vulnerable women in accessing health care.

Title: FIGO projects and Global Women’s Health

Speaker: Dr Anita Makins, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT & International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)


Anita Makins is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries. Her specialist interest is in Global Women's Health Issues and she has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa in Emergency Obstetric care, Gynaecology and Fistula surgery.

Currently she works part time at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and part time for FIGO (International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists). At the OUH she works on Delivery Suite, elective CS lists, emergency gynaecology clinic and does ad hoc day case Gynae surgery. At FIGO, Anita is Deputy Director of the PPIUD (Post Partum Intrauterine Device) Initiative, sits on FIGO's Contraception Working Group and on the Committee for Women's Health and Human Rights and collaborates with the WHO on Medical Eligibility Criteria workshops. On a voluntary basis, she is a faculty member of the Oxford University's Global Surgery group, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s (LSTM) Making it Happen Programme, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's (LSHTM) Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.



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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. 

Next @oxglobalsurg Surgical Grand Round talk:

Friday 7 February 2020, 8.00-9.00am,

Lecture Theatre 1, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

We will have two speakers:

1. Dr Cian Wade: Neonatal pain management in LMIC

2. Dr Harshjeet Singh Bal: Snakebites and surgery

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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: Wednesday 15 January 2020: 7.00pm

Dr Hilary Edgcombe will present on ‘Training non-physician anaesthetists in sub-Saharan Africa: a qualitative investigation of providers’ perspectives'

Information and registration here: 



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

The next Oxford Global Surgery course will be 14-18 September 2020. Please email to be added to the mailing list for this.

Find out more

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



Seminar, Tuesday 19 November 2019

 Dr Tongai Chitsamatanga FCS Ortho (ECSA), ‘Reflections on trauma and orthopaedic care in Zimbabwe and UK’ 

Dr Zineb Bentounsi, 'Advocacy in Global Surgery’ 

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

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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