Dr. Edward Fitzgerald

Ed Fitzgerald is a registrar in general surgery, health consultant, and Honorary Clinical Advisor to the Lifebox Foundation. His work with Lifebox has taken him to Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cambodia and the Congo, where a major part of his efforts have involved developing the implementation science behind safer surgery initiatives, including the WHO Checklist. He is now leading a pilot project investigating the development of an essential surgical instrument set for the bellwether procedures in global surgery.

Ed qualified from the University of Oxford, and undertook clinical training in Nottingham and London. He is a Past-President of the Association of Surgeons in Training and a previous recipient of the Norman Tanner Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Margaret Witt Scholarship and Galeski Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

His clinical research activities include pioneering the development of the GlobalSurg initiative. This innovative collaborative research network uses a new model of participatory research to collect professionally ‘crowd-sourced’ bedside level patient data. The group has recently completed its’ second global study, bringing together over 3,000 clinicians from over 60 countries to provide comparative surgical outcomes data across high- and low-income countries.


Dr. Rachel Spitzer

Dr. Rachel Spitzer grew up in Montreal and Toronto and obtained her BSc at McGill University in Montreal.  Subsequently, she attended McMaster University medical school in Hamilton, from where she returned to Toronto to pursue residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  This was followed by fellowship training at The Hospital for Sick Children in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology where her clinical and research interests focus on complex contraception and adolescent pregnancy.  Rachel went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Health at Harvard University in 2007/2008 with a concentration in International Health and an interdisciplinary concentration in Women and Gender Health.  Rachel returned to Toronto as Assistant Professor in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Toronto in the summer of 2008 and became Faculty Lead for Global Health in the Undergraduate Medical Program in 2011 and Vice Chair of Global Health in the department of ObGyn in 2014. In 2015 she was promoted to Associate Professor in the department. Rachel is cross appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at U of T. She combines clinical practice of general and pediatric and adolescent Obstetrics and Gynecology with the practice and teaching of global women’s health.


Dr. Nadine Caron

Nadine Caron, Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation, currently resides in Prince George, BC. She is an Endocrine Oncology and General Surgeon, Associate Professor (UBC Faculty of Medicine, Northern Medical Program), Co-Director of UBC’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centre for American Indian Health and Scientist at the BCCA Genome Sciences Centre. 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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Dr. Stephen Ttendo

Dr. Ttendo is an anesthesiologist in Mbarara Uganda. He is the current president of the Association of Anaesthetists of Uganda, and has been instrumental in developing safe anesthesia care in Uganda. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Roy Nobhojit

Nobhojit Roy (MD, MPH, PhD) has been a community surgical provider, catering to the burden of disease in populations of rural and tribal areas of India. Roy received his training as a Trauma Surgeon in Mumbai, India. He holds a MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. His areas of research interests are preventable injury deaths, trauma registry, population based surveys for disease burden, access and delivery of surgical healthcare and prehospital care in the resource-poor setting of low-middle income country. At the international level, he is the regional expert for the Global Burden of Disease 2013 group with the Institute of Health Metrics, Seattle, where he studies non-communicable diseases, with a focus on disability adjusted life years (DALY), to demonstrate effect on the South East Asia region. He has previously been the lead Commissioner of the Health and Delivery Management group of the Lancet commission of Global Surgery from 2013-2015. At the national level for the Ministry of Health, he is the facilitator of the task force for developing standard surgical treatment guidelines and in the Working Group on Emergency Care in India. Since 2004, on the clinical practice front, he has been the Professor and Chief of Surgical services I at the BARC Hospital, a secondary and tertiary health care provider to 100,000 population in suburban Mumbai, India. He is also the Public Health Specialist at the Environmental Health Resource Hub in the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences University, studying environmental and occupational health issues. Dr. Roy Nobhojit is this year’s presenter of the Ab Guha Lecture.