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Dedicated to the 5 billion without safe and affordable surgery - come explore global surgery heroes in tech, law, war, business, and of course, the OR!

Global Scalpels: A Global Surgery Podcast Taylor Ottesen and Riana Patel

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Dedicated to the 5 billion without safe and affordable surgery - come explore global surgery heroes in tech, law, war, business, and of course, the OR!

    Ep 27: Cecilia Chitayi

    Ep 27: Cecilia Chitayi

    Performing surgery requires many different parties. Each needs to come to the operating room prepared to excel in their field but also work collaboratively with the other parties. Unfortunately, the field of surgery has the potential to be surgeon-centric and important collaborators like anesthesia fail to be discussed. In this episode, we seek to better highlight the field of anesthesia through the lens of Cecilia Chitayi - a nurse anesthetist practicing in Kenya. In a country where more than 70% of the population lives in rural areas, training healthcare providers at all levels is vital to expanding care capacities. Join us in this fulfilling episode as we discuss the differences between different anesthetic providers, anesthesia supply chain issues in a country like Kenya, and the ImPACT Africa program!

    • 34 min
    Ep 26: Salome Maswime (w/ Guest Host Daniel Lowe)

    Ep 26: Salome Maswime (w/ Guest Host Daniel Lowe)

    Health systems are sick. Around the world gaining access to necessary surgical treatment can be difficult due to inadequate healthcare infrastructures but also due to imbalanced care across demographics. Women across the globe often struggle to gain equal access to healthcare and maternity services - and not just access, but high quality care. The issue extends far past the surgeon in the operating room. It is the break in health systems, the procedures being performed, and the surgical outcomes. This is where Dr Salome Maswime and her team are trying to chart a new course for maternal health. Join us as we talk about the importance of playing a role in healthcare access, regardless of how big or small that may be. We can all play a role in helping to provide safe, comprehensive quality care for everyone around the world. In a period plagued by a pandemic, this requires innovative and out-of-the-box thinking to tackle key issues like providing gynecological services when it isn’t really practical to do vital health services such as virtual maternal check ups. The question is, will you be the next innovator to expand care?

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 25: Katayoun Madani & Joffre Guzman

    Ep 25: Katayoun Madani & Joffre Guzman

    The power of students can be immense. In a team, each person brings something to the table and has different strengths to offer. Students offer the benefit of time, passion, and drive. Mentors offer the benefits of experience, teaching, and context. The combination of student and mentor can bring both to new heights. In the world of global surgery, students have banded together to push the movement forward. One such initiative has been the InciSioN Global Surgery Symposium (IGSS) - an annual student-led global surgery conference, and the largest of its kind in the world! Join us in this powerful episode as we explore the inner-workings of IGSS2020, all that it took to make this virtual conference a reality, and the topics of teamwork, inequity, organizational behavior, and overcoming language as a barrier with two of the convenors of IGSS2020 - Dr. Katayoun Madani and Dr. Joffre Guzman!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 24: Andres Rubiano

    Ep 24: Andres Rubiano

    Trauma injury kills more people every year than HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) combined. Despite this, it often takes a backseat when receiving research support, clinical funding, and policy change. Trauma disproportionally affects low- and middle-income countries with its far reaching effects beyond the walls of the hospital. In fact, in some countries like Colombia, severe traumatic injuries are sustained from many mechanisms including landmines, guerrilla and paramilitary warfare, homicide, and vehicular accidents. 


    As a member of the Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgical Care at the World Health Organization, our guest today has worked extensively with partners from around the world to tackle multiple goals for trauma care system building such as addressing shortage of staff, lack of clinical management, and insufficient funding. His passion for neurotrauma has led him to work with both local and international supporters to promote advocacy and good communication through avenues such as social media. Join us as we talk with Dr Andres Rubiano, about his home country of Colombia, the intersection between politics and health, as well as the MEDITECH foundation which is working to create a coordinated and proactive network of responders to enact integral trauma care across the country. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 23: Mamta Swaroop

    Ep 23: Mamta Swaroop

    The term “global surgery” is extremely broad and elusive. “Academic global surgery” even more so. It can be hard to feel like one is making a difference, particularly when there are so many injustices all around us. However, global surgery is everywhere! It is anywhere that there is health inequity. Join us in this inspirational episode as we talk with Dr. Mamta Swaroop about how you can make a difference, your power, and how just one drop can make a ripple that forever changes the lives of those around you.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 22: Edward Fitzgerald

    Ep 22: Edward Fitzgerald

    Lean methodology is a core principle that focuses on minimizing waste in order to maximize value. In other words, when an organization is lean, they have created the most value possible for both the producer which can then be passed onto the consumer. In order to do this, there needs to be a shift from optimizing individual processes to optimizing entire process streams that transverse multiple products and services. This eliminates waste in a wide range of areas rather than a single isolated point. This concept is widely known in business and management, but can be limited or absent in certain healthcare settings.


    As a general surgery-trained consultant with KPMG and Lifebox Foundation, our guest today has been instrumental to applying this principle in research. With the advent of the internet and growing global connectivity, the ability to collaborate on a broad range of issues and reduce redundancies have expanded dramatically. Research abilities are no exception.


    As one of the founders of the SuRG Foundation, he has changed the face of medical research through harnessing the power of teamwork and is now helping to ensure equitable research partnerships across HIC and LMIC leaders. Join us in this exciting episode with healthcare leader Dr Ed Fitzgerald as we discuss lean methodology, disrupting healthcare research with collaboratives, funding, and the golden thread of change.

    • 56 min

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