Transformational Dialogues Event: Barriers to Research for LMIC Surgery & Anesthesia Clinicians


Chaired by Professor Kokila Lakhoo, this open online event discussed the main barriers to research for LMIC based academic perioperative clinicians, and the strategies best suited to addressing and reducing them. Watch a recording in English, French, or Spanish.


CHAIR: Professor Kokila Lakhoo

Kokila Lakhoo is a consultant paediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford and the University of Oxford, chair of the international forum for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and former chair of Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS).
Professor Lakhoo has special interests in global health, fetal counselling, neonatal surgery, pediatric tumour surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery and specialist gastrointestinal surgery.
She has to date contributed many chapters to pediatric surgical textbooks and has over 300 peer reviewed publications. She is also editor of several books including a joint publication with African colleagues entitled “Paediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for Africa.”


Dr. Fabio Botelho

Fabio Botelho is a Brazilian pediatric surgeon who graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In Brazil, he pursued a Master of Sciences degree in surgery from the Federal University São Paulo and the following surgical training programs: general surgery, trauma surgery, and pediatric surgery. Currently, he lives in Montreal, Canada, where he is doing the Jean-Martin Laberge Global Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program and working as a research assistant at the Research Insitute of the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Botelho is also a collaborator of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change from Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Kathryn Chu

Kathryn Chu is a colorectal surgeon and has been based in Africa since 2007 when she joined Médecins Sans Frontières as a surgeon and advisor. She is currently the Director for the Centre for Global Surgery and Professor of Global Surgery in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is the global surgery representative to the executive council of The Association of Surgeons of South Africa. She is the founding member of AfroSurg, a Southern African initiative to improve surgical access in the region; a member of the Southern African Development Community NSOAP Task Team and the South African NSOAP Task Team.


Dr. Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo López is a cardiac anesthesiologist from Santiago de Chile, and works at the Catholic University Teaching Hospital. Dr. Lopez has a PhD in biomedical ethics at the University of Zurich, focusing on health inequalities, and a Master in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He now leads the Global Health Program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and organizes a number of collaborative educational and research initiatives.


Professor Nobhojit Roy 

Nobhojit Roy is a  General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. and is currently a Health Systems Advisor to the Government. He holds a MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Nobhojit was a Lancet commissioner for Global Surgery (2013-2015) and is currently a Lancet commissioner for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion and sits on the Lifebox Global Governance Council.rengthening, and international relations. He is currently working as a trauma officer in peripheral rural districts of Bihar.



Dr. Lubna Samad

Lubna Samad is based at the Indus Hospital and Health Network (IH&HN) in Karachi, Pakistan, where she is Director of the Center on Essential Surgical & Acute Care at the Global Health Directorate. Dr. Samad leads a team working to improve surgical care delivery platforms and patient outcomes. She has led the National Vision for Surgical Care in collaboration with Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, aimed at incorporating surgical care delivery within the country’s health plan. She is an active champion of the global movement to provide care to neglected surgical patients.


Dr. Justina Seyi-Olajide

Justina Seyi-Olajide is a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and currently works at the Department of Surgery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Dr. Seyi-Olajide’s research is focused on pediatric general surgery, pediatric urology, global surgery, neonatal surgery, and medical education. Dr. Seyi-Olajide is leading a research study to identify the issues and barriers that are faced by LMIC based perioperative clinicians within the global surgery and anesthesia community.


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