WEBINAR SERIES

Welcome to CGSTA's Webinar Series! We host educational sessions with Canadian surgeons, academics, and trainees with an interest in global surgery. These talks intend to provide educational background about global surgery and share various opportunities relevant for Canadian trainees. Check out this page for more information on speakers and registration. 

Writing Editorials and Publishing in Global Surgery

Nov 25th, 2021, 8:00 pm EST

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Dr. Dominique Vervoort

Dr. Dominique Vervoort is a PhD in Health Services Research student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, focusing on Health Technology Assessment in cardiac surgery. He completed his MD at the KU Leuven and his MPH/MBA dual degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as a Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in recognition of his global and public health work throughout the pandemic. Clinically, as an aspiring cardiac surgeon, his interests lie in aortic and congenital heart surgery outcomes and disparities in accessing cardiac care. Dominique has written widely on inequity and gender disparities within global health and surgery and has been featured in the New York Times, the BMJ, JAMA, Al Jazeera, Devex, MedPage Today, and leading surgery journals.

Dr.Vervoort is a Ph.D. in Health Services Research student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, focusing on Health Technology Assessment in cardiac surgery. He completed his MD at the KU Leuven and his MPH/MBA dual degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dominique completed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, working on National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) in Pakistan and West Africa, and scaling cardiac surgical care in LMICs. Dominique is a Co-Founder, Past Chair, and current Trustee of InciSioN. He has introduced the concept of global cardiac surgery to literature and established the Global Cardiac Surgery Initiative to advocate for the nearly six billion people worldwide without access to cardiac surgical care.

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Dr. Xiya Ma

Dr. Xiya Ma is a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident from Université de Montréal with a passion for research, innovation and global health. She completed her thesis on peripheral nerve synaptogenesis, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and published over 20 peer-reviewed articles. Xiya led the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN), the world's largest trainee-led global surgery organization, for two years, where she carried high-level advocacy work at the World Health Assembly and organized one of the largest virtual global surgery symposiums. She represented the Canadian Medical Association at TEDMED 2018, the global community on innovation in health care, and curated the TEDMED 2020 program as a research scholar. Xiya is the recipient of the Mary and Brendan Calder Award from the Canadian Medical Hall Of Fame and the Canada 150th Anniversary Medal for Saint-Laurent for her leadership and community involvement.

Dr. Xiya Ma

Dr. Ma is a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident from Université de Montréal with a passion for research, innovation and global health.  Xiya led the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN), the world's largest trainee-led global surgery organization, for two years, where she carried high-level advocacy work at the World Health Assembly and organized one of the largest virtual global surgery symposiums. She represented the Canadian Medical Association at TEDMED 2018, the global community on innovation in health care, and curated the TEDMED 2020 program as a research scholar. Xiya is the recipient of the Mary and Brendan Calder Award from the Canadian Medical Hall Of Fame and the Canada 150th Anniversary Medal for Saint-Laurent for her leadership and community involvement.

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Canadian Perspectives on
Global Surgery Education and Training

May 21st, 2021, 6:00 pm EST

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Dr. Brian Cameron

Dr. Brian Cameron is a pediatric surgeon at McMaster Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatric Surgery at McMaster University. He has been highly involved in global surgery throughout his career, having previously served as the acting Dean of the Fiji School of Medicine and also working to establish Guyana's first postgraduate surgical training program, which is now self-sustaining. He has founded the International Surgery Desk at McMaster University, supports collaboration and networking between surgical trainees and faculty through the MacGlObAS collaborative, and is also a lecturer for the Surgical Care in International Health graduate course at the University of British Columbia.

Introduction to Global Surgery Ethics for Canadian Medical Trainees - Interactive Webinar

December 6th 2020, 1 pm EST

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Dr. Alreem Al Hinai

Alreem Al Hinai is a general surgeon from the Sultanate of Oman, recently graduated from the University of Alberta General Surgery Program. She has an interest in pediatric surgery and is pursuing a fellowship at the University of British Columbia next year. She has a strong interest in global surgery and especially the issue of ethical considerations in global surgery. She has been an active member of the Office of Global Surgery at the University of Alberta as a resident and has helped organize the annual Bethune Roundtable Conference in Edmonton in June of 2019.

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Introduction to Global Surgery for Canadian Medical Trainees

October 24th 2020, 1 pm EST

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Dr. Josh Ng-Kamstra

Dr. Josh Ng-Kamstra is an acute care surgeon and intensivist with a research interest in health equity and health systems. He trained in General Surgery at the University of Toronto and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary. He completed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellowship in 2015 and holds an MPH in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

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Dr. Xiya Ma

 Xiya Ma is a recently graduated physician from the MD-MSc program from Université de Montréal in Montreal, Canada. Her involvement with InciSioN dates back to 2017, where she served as Vice-President for Internal Affairs for two years, and supervised the development of its national chapters and built the internal structure during InciSioN’s early years. Since 2019, she is co-chair of InciSioN and had the pleasure of growing with fellow colleagues on the executive board in expanding InciSioN’s activities, from supporting the subteams to the InciSioN Global Surgery Symposiums (IGSS). 

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