Officers (2022-2024)

Tahmina Banu


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Professor Banu recently began working as Executive Director of Chittagong Research Institute for Children (CRICS) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Prior to this, she headed the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for 23 years, and was instrumental in founding the department. She has been awarded the Rowan Nicks Scholarship and the Stephan L. Gans International Traveling Fellowship. She continues to serve as a driving force in the expansion of children’s surgical care in Bangladesh.

Simone Abib

Chair Elect

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Full Professor in Pediatric Surgery.
Head of Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Oncology Institute — GRAACC, Federal University of São Paulo, Paulista School of Medicine.
President, International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology.
President, Crianca Segura — Safe Kids Brazil.
Post-graduate mentor — Federal University of São Paulo, Paulista School of Medicine.
Academic Coordinator of Santa Marcelina Medical School.
Areas of interest: Pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric trauma, pediatric trauma prevention.

Doruk Ozgediz, MD

Past Chair

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Dr. Ozgediz is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is Director of the Center for Global Surgery and Health Equity. He has maintained a focus throughout his career on global health and surgical capacity building. He was a co-founder and is actively involved with the group Global Partners for Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS), an organization focused on the improvement of peri-operative services in Kampala, Uganda.

Milind Chitnis


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Dr. Milind Chitnis is an Associate Professor and head of the department of Paediatric Surgery at the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals, affiliated to the Walter Sisulu University in East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

Marilyn Butler, MD


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Dr. Marilyn Butler is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery at Oregon Health Science University. She has a history of clinical work in Vietnam and China and was the founder of the Global Paediatric Surgery Networks (GPSN), a clearinghouse for resources and collaborations for pediatric surgeons around the world.

At Large Directors

Abdelbasit Elsayed Ali

Pediatric Surgeon | Sudan

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Dr. Ali is an Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Khartoum and a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Soba University Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan.

Currently, he is a Consultant and Chairman of Pediatric Surgery Department at King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a founding member and Ex convener of the Paediatric Surgery Specialty Council, Sudan Medical Specialization Board (SMSB) and a founding member and Academic Secretary of the Sudanese Association of Paediatric Surgeons (SAPS). He is a member of the Executive Council of Pan African Paediatric Surgical Association (PAPSA), and a member of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG).

Emmanuel Ameh, MBBS

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Dr. Ameh is a professor of Pediatric Surgery at the National Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Ameh is a co-editor of the text “Pediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for Africa,” and is Chair of the National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plan Committee for Nigeria. Dr. Ameh was an expert participant of the Fourth Meeting of the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care, where he served as Vice Chair of the advocacy working group. He is also Vice Chair for the West African College of Surgeons Surgical Plan Committee.

Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz

Pediatric Surgeon | Malaysia

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Dr. Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz was formerly Professor of Paediatric Surgery and Director of Tun Fatimah Hashim Women’s Leadership Centre at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a Paediatric Surgeon by profession. She was the first woman Professor in Paediatric Surgery in Malaysia and at UKM. She was also the first woman to lead Paediatric Surgery services in an academic institution in Malaysia; she was Head of Paediatric Surgery at Faculty of Medicine UKM from 2011 till 2019. Dr. Dayang was instrumental for the development of Advanced Paediatric Laparoscopic Services and Advanced Surgical Skill Centre for Faculty of Medicine UKM. Dr. Dayang developed the postgraduate Paediatric Surgery programme for UKM and founded the National Paediatric Surgery Conjoined Committee. She was Lead Representative for UKM until she retired. She was also member of the core writing team for National Postgraduate Medical Curriculum (NPMC) in Paediatric Surgery. She is the first and only Asian currently appointed as International Examiner for European Board of Paediatric Surgery.

Mei Diao

Pediatric Surgeon | China

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Prof Mei Diao is currently Vice Director and Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Capital Institute of Pediatrics, Beijing, China. She is in charge of Pediatric Minimal Invasive Surgery, Chinese Medical Association since 2020. She graduated from Capital Medical University in 1998, and achieved Doctor of Surgery from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. She finished her surgical training and started her career as a full-time pediatric surgeon in Capital Institute of Pediatrics. She worked as a clinical tutor in the Department of Surgery, Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2000-2001, and postdoctoral research associate in the same department from 2005-2008. Since 2008, she worked with Prof Long LI, collaborating with Prof. PK Tam, Prof. KK Wong and International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) committee to develop the laparoscopic annual meetings, minimal invasive surgery training programs, and live minimal invasive surgery workshops. She dedicated to the internationalization of pediatric surgery in mainland China in the past 15 years. Professor DIAO has special interests in the congenital biliary and anorectal malformations. She co-operated with the team to accomplish over 4000 laparoscopic surgeries in above 2 fields. She is the principle investigators of 9 national research grants, and co-principle investigators of 20 national research grants. She has published 57 peer-reviewed articles in various high-quality journals, such as Hepatology, Annals of Surgery, European Urology, New England Journal of Medicine. Working with Prof Long LI, she authored the Chinese guideline of pediatric laparoscopic management of choledochal cysts and anorectal malformations. She has been selected to be medical talent of Beijing Hospital Authority’s Ascent Plan, and high-qualified talent of Beijing Health System.

Beda R Espineda

Pediatric Surgeon | Philippines

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  • Associate Professor of Surgery II, MCU College of Medicine and Hospital
  • Chairman, Wold Surgical Foundation Philippines
  • Director, Philippine College of Surgeons, Surgical Outreach S.U.R.E Commission

Faye Evans

Pediatric Anesthesiologist | USA

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Dr. Evans is a senior associate in perioperative anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor in Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School where her specialty is in pediatric anesthesia. She is the current Chair of the Education Committee for the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and a pediatric editor for ATOTW. She serves on the Lifebox, Global Governance Council, the Medical Advisory Board for Smile Train, and is on the Board for the Global Initiative in Children’s surgery. Her efforts currently focus on improving the quality and safety of anesthesia in low-resourced settings through education and advocacy. She has been involved with a variety of educational initiatives including as an advisor to the University of Nairobi Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship in Kenya, the Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) Paediatric Course, and is currently part of the PATA collaborative working to strengthen pediatric anesthesia training in Africa.

Zipporah Gathuya, MD

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Dr. Gathuya is a pediatric anesthesiologist in Nairobi, Kenya. She was awarded a Head of State Commendation by the President of Kenya for her work in advancing Kenyan pediatric anesthesia practices, and was very instrumental in initiating the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship program at the University of Nairobi. She is also the Principal Surgeon at St. John Ambulance, where she has volunteered for over 20 years.

Laura Goodman

Pediatric Surgeon | USA

Vrishna Madhuri

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon | India

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Dr. Madhuri is a Senior Professor and Head of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India and editor in chief of the Paediatric Orthopaedics and Related Sciences.

Liz McLeod

Pediatric Surgeon | Australia

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Liz is a practising paediatric surgeon in Melbourne, specializing in congenital colorectal conditions. She also holds an adult general surgical fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). She has a Doctorate in tumour cell biology and a Masters of Public Health with a research interest in program evaluation and health system strengthening, from the University of Melbourne. Through the RACS she has been involved over the last 15 years in a range of programs including service delivery, program design, management, and evaluation, with partners in the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Eastern Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. She has served as Chair of the RACS Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation and Global Health Executive Committees, and been part of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Regional Working Group. She is the Global Health Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, and is a consultant for the WHO WPRO for Safe and Affordable Surgery program. She has recently completed an Executive Masters in Development Policy and Practice at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Her thesis was on surgical system strengthening and resilience to the effects of climate change, and she is currently working with the Pacific Community on a project looking at projected impacts of various climate stressors on health infrastructure and access to surgical services.

Mohamed Shalaby

Pediatric Surgeon | UK

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Mr Shalaby is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist, at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He is the Training Program Director for Paediatric Surgery in Bristol and the Divisional Clinical Lead for outpatients’ services for Women and Children in Bristol. He is an examiner and the OSCE lead for the Examination committee of the European Board of Paediatric Surgery. He graduated from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and finished his General Paediatric Surgical training there before being appointed as a consultant in 2009. He then did sub-specialist and Paediatric Urology training at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow before he took his current substantive post at Bristol in 2014. He is the Middle East representative of the International Affairs Committee of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and a board member of the Arab Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He regularly contributes to meetings, courses, and fellowships in LMICs. He is the Paediatric Urology lead for the Global Initiative of Children’s Surgery “GICS” and the GICS working groups facilitator.

Sabina Siddiqui

Pediatric Surgeon | USA

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Dr. Siddiqui is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her research interests include the development of surgical technologies and the expansion of surgical technologies in resource limited settings. She has worked to expand access to laparoscopic surgery in Nicaragua and on capacity and service projects in Iraq, Palestine, Peru and Kenya.

Udo Rolle

Pediatric Surgeon | Germany

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Udo Rolle is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon in Chief of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Urology at the University Hospital Frankfurt/M., Germany.

His main interests are newborn surgery, pediatric urology, pediatric oncology, and global pediatric surgery.

He has published more than 150 scientific peer-reviewed articles.

Lubna Samad

Pediatric Surgeon | Pakistan

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Dr. Lubna Samad is a pediatric surgeon based in Karachi, Pakistan, committed to improving patient outcomes with a specific focus on LMICs. She is the Director of Global Surgery Programs at IRD Global. She has led the development of Pakistan’s national surgical plan – “National Vision for Surgical Care 2020-25” – and has conducted the country’s first national surgical indicators survey. She has contributed to the surgical component of Pakistan’s Universal Health Coverage Benefits Packages. Dr. Samad is a member of the Global Surgery Foundation’s Leadership Team.

John Sekabira

Paediatric Surgeon | Uganda

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Dr. Sekabira is the Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Head of Paediatric Surgery at Mulago, National Referral and Makerere University Teaching Hospital, the only centre for paediatric Surgery in Uganda. He is a founding member of COSECSA (College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa) and a member of the Association of Surgeons of Uganda. He has been a Hugh Greenwood Lecturer at BAPS in Edinburgh, UK 2015, and also a Stephen L. Gans Lecturer at the American Academy of Paediatrics, San Francisco, USA 2016, and an awardee of an Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy of Paediatrics. He was also the guest lecturer of the Swedish Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and has experience with pediatric surgical camps in the region as part of Global Surgical partnerships.

Justina Seyi-Oljide

Pediatric Surgeon | Nigeria

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Justina Seyi-Olajide is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about access to surgical care for children in LMICs and Global Surgery in General. She is a member of the core committee that developed and is currently implementing Nigeria’s National Surgical Obstetric Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan.

Associate Members

Core Operations and Logistics

Naomi Wright
Roba Khundkar
Sarah Cairo
Jacques Fadhili Bake
Lawal-Aiyedun Olabunmi
Marcia Matias
Isaac Ndayishimiye
Maame Tekyiwa Botchway
Arjun Visa
Katie Larusso
Intisar Hisham
Andrew Trecartin
Hetal Gohil

Many thanks to our previous COL members, for their many contributions to GICS:

Sarah Greenberg
Laura Goodman
Guy Jensen
Jamie Anderson
Etienne St. Louis

Advisory Group

Hafeez Abdelhafeez​
Stephen Bickler
Diana Farmer
Sarah Greenberg​
Kokila Lakhoo
Keith Oldham
Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi
Dan Poenaru
Richard Stewart


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