We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for 2018:

Dr. Emmanuel Makasa

Prof. Emmanuel Malabo Makasa was appointed Honorary Adjunct Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences (01/04/17 – 31/03/20). He has served for the last five years as the Republic of Zambia’s top Global Health Diplomat at the United Nations in Geneva and Vienna during which time he led the 194 Member States of the WHO to recognise and endorse Surgery and Anaesthesia as part of the Primary Health Care, as a component of Universal Health Coverage and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Resolution A68.15 and Decision A70.22). Additionally, Prof. Emmanuel M. Makasa was technical coordinator of Health Attachés’ from the African Unions’ Permanent Missions at the UN in Geneva (2014). A distinguished Orthopaedics and Trauma surgeon turned Global Health Diplomat, Dr Makasa previously served as Deputy Director responsible for Emergency Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Zambia; as Secretary General of the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) and Secretary General of the Surgical Society of Zambia (SSZ). He is an honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East Central & Southern Africa (COSECSA). He serves on the Boards of Trustees of the G4Alliance and the Lusaka Orthopaedics Research & Education Trust (LORET). He has also served as an honorary Lecturer at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine (UNZA-SoM). Prof. Makasa was the Hugh Greenwood Lecturer at BAPS (2017); the A J Orenstein Lecturer (2017); He is the past recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, the Dr. Benjamin L. Van Duuren Travel Grant, the Ridge Bursary and the AO Foundation Educational Grant.

Dr. Faith Muchemwa

Dr. Muchemwa is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (MBChB 1998) and Kumamoto University of Japan (PhD 2008). She was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences in the Department of Immunology upon her return in 2010. In 2012, the Zimbabwe Association of Surgeons in Training (ZASiT) was inaugurated and Dr. Muchemwa was elected as its first president. She is also a member of COSECSA: The College of Surgeons – East, Central, and Southern Africa.

Dr. Muchemwa is passionate about mentorship for female medical students and junior trainees with a desire to pursue surgery as a career path. She currently serves as Chair of the Women in Surgery Africa (WiSA).

In 2015, Dr. Muchemwa spent 6 months of fellowship training in Toronto as a Prakash Scholar where she was awarded with the medal for Best Plastic Surgery Trainee. We are excited to welcome her back to Toronto as a keynote speaker at this year’s Bethune Roundtable.

Dr. Robert Riviello

Dr. Riviello is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Director of Global Surgery Programs at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.

He served as the co-principal investigator of clinical efforts of HMS-affiliated hospitals to the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program (HRH); a novel capacity-building program that involves physicians across the United States. In 2012, he launched Harvard’s direct participation in the program and is currently involved with its ongoing management of faculty recruitment and infrastructural development in Rwanda.

He has published extensively on the academic needs and curricular development for surgical development in developing countries, as well as in training surgical residents for careers in academic global surgery. Additionally, he was one of the key commissioners for the Lancet Oncology Commission on Global Cancer Surgery.